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5 best Victorian short trips for winter in Australia

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5 best Victorian short trips for winter

Thinking about studying in Melbourne?  Melbourne not only has a dynamic culture and wonderful restautrants, it is close to wonderful sight seeing.   Here are some suggestions from La Trobe University if you want to travel in the state of Victoria, Australia during study periods.



It’s winter in Melbourne and what better way to enjoy it other than jumping in a car, train or bus and exploring Victoria. We have put together a list of the best winter mini escapes for international students to enjoy.

Lake Mountain

Lake Mountain is a picturesque cross-country ski resort just under two hours away from Melbourne’s CBD. It’s the closest snow resort to Melbourne and offers 37 kilometres of cross-country trails. There is a toboggan run and space for building snowmen or having a snowball fight. Snow mobile rides are also on offer and after all the fun and excitement you can warm up in the Lake Mountain Resort bar and bistro with a hot chocolate.

Phillip Island

Phillip Island has been a favourite destination to Melbournians for many years. Its beautiful beaches and rugged coastline are reason enough to visit this island, situated only one hour and 40 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD, but there are also many attractions to see too. Its most famous attraction is the Penguin Parade where you can view Little Penguins waddling up to their homes after a long day’s swim. You can also visit the Koala Conservation Centre and other natural sights on this fun-filled island.


Only an hour and 15 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD, Ballarat is a winter wonderland this time of year. Sovereign Hill is a popular tourist destination that takes you all the way back to the days of the gold rush. They hold ‘Christmas Wonder Lights’ shows every night to celebrate Christmas in July. You can also visit Kryal Castle on your way to Ballarat and watch and participate in the numerous medieval town activities that go on there.

The Dandenong Ranges

William Ricketts Sanctuary


Fifty minutes from Melbourne’s CBD, the Dandenong Ranges are a perfect destination for a day trip during this time of year. You can explore the quaint shops scattered across Mount Dandenong, or warm up in the many cosy cafes and restaurants. You can go bushwalking through the many national parks in the area or visit tourist attractions such as SkyHigh or the William Ricketts Sanctuary. 



Macedon Ranges

The Macedon Ranges are less than an hour from Melbourne and offer several activities and natural attractions perfect for this winter weather. You can wander the streets of rural villages and take in the natural beauty of the area. Explore one of Australia’s most breathtaking and mysterious rock formations at Hanging Rock, take one of the beautiful walking trails, relax in a day spa or shop at the many unique boutiques.


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