Next up on our ‘Holiday here this year summer road trip’ series, we’ve pulled together three of the best Victorian weekend destinations for the whole family.
Featuring some dazzling inland locations and activities galore, these locations are perfect for your next weekend away in your RV.
Weekender 1: Bendigo
Just 153 km from Melbourne is the country city of Bendigo. Rich with history and a vibrant art culture, Bendigo is a lively location with something for everyone to enjoy.
Explore Bendigo’s famous gold rush history with a bushwalk or bike ride along the stunning Goldfields Track, or book a tour of the Central Deborah Gold Mine to experience first-hand what it was like when this mine was operating back in 1939-1954. After your underground expedition you can then check out the Victoria Hill Mining Reserve and the Rosalind Park Poppet Head for an extraordinary view before heading over to the Sandhurst Gaol for a tour of the 1860s prison.
Next, you’re in for a treat with the Bendigo Art Gallery. Founded in 1887, it is overflowing with amazing history and features all kinds of incredible paintings, sculptures and decorative arts. Before your arrival be sure to check their website for any current or upcoming exhibitions as there’s bound to be something you won’t want to miss.
The kids will love The Zone Fun Park, packed full of exciting activities to get everyone’s adrenalin pumping. Whether it be laser tag, go karting or finding your way through the outdoor maze – there’s endless amounts of fun to be had here. Similarly, the Discovery Science and Technology Centre features endless learning and fun activities.
Then, wrap up your weekend by taking advantage of food and drink culture. Check out the local farmers market, sit down at one of the award-winning restaurants or slip over for a tasting at one of Bendigo’s cellar doors.
Weekender 2: Swan Hill & Lake Boga
Located in northwest Victoria is the stunning town of Swan Hill. Based on the famous Murray River, and surrounded by state forests, the township of Swan Hill is brimming with amazing history, making it the ideal weekend escape.
Take advantage of some of the best canoeing and kayaking experiences to be had on the Murray River or head over to Lake Boga, where you can try your hand at stand-up paddle boarding or simply floating around in the serene waters. For some great fishing opportunities, be sure to bring your rod and try your luck at catching the Murray Cod. After your fun on the water, the Nyah-Vinifera Park is a 20-minute drive from Swan Hill and well worth the visit. With century old gum trees, stunning walking tracks and Aboriginal historical sites – there’s a lot to take in.
Step back in time at the Pioneer Settlement and experience a real Australian history. With horse drawn carriages, the 1850s pioneer cottages and the 1880’s Mallee homestead you’ll be left in a state of wonder. Walking down the main street, check out historical stores and see blacksmiths at work before sitting down for a coffee and milkshakes at the Paragon Café.
Get the full Swan Hill experience with a cruise along the Murray aboard the PS Pyap. Built in 1896 this boat was once used as a floating general store, however, is now enjoyed by visitors each day.
Last but not least, make sure you see the Heartbeat of the Murray laser light show. This 360-degree multi-media spectacular uses water, light, laser and sound to tell the story of the Murray and is sure to leave you awe-struck.
Weekender 3: Lakes Entrance
Located 319km from Melbourne is the stunning Lakes Entrance. Featuring Australia’s largest inland network of waterways, it is positioned right at the edge where the Gippsland Lakes meet the Bass Strait ocean.
The charming town is a family favourite, with plenty on offer including swimming in the pristine beaches surrounding Lakes Entrance, as well boogie boarding, surfing and fishing. The Griffiths Seashell Museum and Marine Display is definitely worth a visit, showing off a collection of over 90,000 shells and seas creatures.
Lakes Entrance also has numerous walking and biking trails for all ages to enjoy. The Entrance Walk located on The Esplanade is an easy track through beautiful forests with stunning coastal views. The Gippsland Lakes Discovery Trail makes for a great biking experience, or for an easier option for kids to learn, the Lakes Entrance Foreshore Track.
The whole family can get involved at the Lakes Entrance mini golf and trampolines for an afternoon of laughter. Complete the day with a family dinner at a coastal restaurant or prepare your own meal to enjoy on the beach.