Self Drive Adventures in Central Victoria


Take off into a world of your own and discover Central Victoria on one of the many self drive tours that take you on a journey of discovery and wonder.

In Victoria there are many tourist drives and scenic road trips that let you explore at your own pace.  Itineraries help you get started with tips on where to stay, what to see, where to eat and the best time of year to travel. However the best part about it all is that you can chop them up, stop where you like and take as long as you want.  There are no restrictions, if some parts sound more interesting than others, feel free to skip stuff, add stuff or just explore off the beaten path where it suits, there’s really no limit to the fun you can have exploring diverse and beautiful Central Victoria.

There are plenty of places that are tucked away, the only and best way to get there is via road.  Take a tour on the goldfields and tuck into local produce fresh from the farm.  These regions of Central Victoria are world renowned for their serene beauty, and calm, laid back atmosphere.  Travel from Melbourne on the adventure of a lifetime and explore everything along the way, the diverse tapestry available to self drive explorers is astounding.

Follow the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne and explore the stunning coastline before turning north and heading into the goldfields.  Explore horse country, fertile orchard country and the many historic sites on the way.  There’s places to pick wildflowers, go fishing, birdwatching and of course the eclectic cafes, restaurants and galleries along the way will satisfy all tastes.  Visit the site of the Eureka Rebellion and the Southern Cross, a site key to Australia’s history.  Explore indigenous art sites and discover scenic bush walks and outlooks.  The drive from the Great Ocean Road to Ballarat is roughly two hours so it’s advised to make a day of it and go exploring.


If you travel for your taste buds, take a culinary adventure through Australia’s premier wine regions.  Touring through Central Vic will be a delight if you head to the renowned Yarra Valley. This fertile country is a tapestry of country hospitality and natural charm, gourmet local produce and some of the best wine in the world combine to create an experience unlike any other.

In the wine valleys of course there are plenty of awesome self drive winery tours, although it can be hard to balance your tastings while staying under the limit.

You’ll want some essentials while travelling, always carry water and spare fuel and some food for an impromptu picnic.  You never know what kind of place you’ll discover while driving around. Just be open minded, one of the best things about travelling around on Australian roads is the fantastic signage.

Look out for rustic looking green signs that point off on dusty tracks up mountainsides or into bushland, they probably lead to a spectacular lookout or hidden park.

These places are great but your holiday begins when you leave Adelaide or Melbourne. Just set off, getting there is half the fun.  All throughout Central Victoria lie places with distinct personality and different things to offer.  One of the best ways to explore the state is to take a Self-Drive tour.  Start and stop anywhere, you really can’t go wrong. Just set off with an idea in mind and be ready for the experience of a lifetime.

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