Top New Years road trips near Melbourne

Wondering where to go for New Years in Australia? Well if you’re in Melbourne over the holiday period, you’re in luck, because some of the best New Years Eve adventures and road trips from Melbourne are completely within your reach.

Not sure which direction to head in? Check out our shortlist below.

Daylesford (1-4 days)

If you’re a lover of day spas, boutique hotels, natural springs, bookshops, art galleries and fancy restaurants, then you’ll love Daylesford. Within just 1.5 hours drive of Melbourne, it’s the perfect spot for an easy New Years getaway.

But of course, there are so many other reasons to visit Daylesford, from its cute little cottages to the region’s natural beauty alone. Families, friends and loved-up couples alike will do well to head to this picturesque part of Victoria for a quiet and tranquil New Years break.

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Bright and the Victorian Alps (1-3 days)

Looking for a quaint little town and a little bit of adventure hiking through the Victorian Alps? Pack your favourites into an awesome rental car and head three and a half hours north, up towards the NSW border.

Whether you’re into local food, farm trails, local wines, kayaking or taking long walks through winding mountain tracks, Bright is the perfect destination for both nature and food lovers. Take it from us, the region is gorgeous and the air just seems that little bit fresher up here.

Phillip Island (3-7 days)

Animal lovers, listen up. Keen to hang out with some penguins or feast your eyes on one of Australia’s largest fur seal colonies? Then Phillip Island is your best bet.

Before arriving at Phillip Island, most drivers make a pit stop in the seaside town of San Remo first, about 2 hours from Melbourne. San Remo is a sleepy little fishing village and arguably one of the best spots to grab fish and chips in Australia.

A road trip to Phillip Island is one of the most quintessential things you can do as a Melbournian, so why not make a trip out of it over New Years? From wildlife through to beautiful coastline just waiting for a game of beach cricket, Phillip Island is the perfect New Years getaway for families and groups of friends looking for a laid-back and memorable seaside holiday.

The Great Ocean Road (1-5 days)

The Great Ocean Road is an epic Australian road trip that every traveller needs to do at least once in their lifetime. While the drive can be done over a couple of days, if you really want to take it in, you can stretch it out to 5 days or more.

From Melbourne there are plenty of stops along the way. Within 1.5 hours you can drive to Torquay, a popular Australian surf-town known for its world famous breaks such as Bells Beach. Other spots worth mentioning are Lorne, Jan Juc, Kennett River, Port Campbell and Apollo Bay.

In Port Campbell National Park you can take in the beauty of the Twelve Apostles, as well as many other famous Great Ocean Road landmarks along the way such as Loch Ard Gorge.

Whether you choose to book accommodation or camp, there are plenty of campsites and short-term lets on offer. Fancy a bonfire, chats with friends and beers on the beach? There are plenty of campsites near Apollo Bay that allow fires. So long as there are no total fire bans in order, you can enjoy what we’d consider a classic Australian New Year tradition, a campfire by the beach to make your holiday even more memorable.