Heading to the Yarra Valley is an excellent way to spend a day - and only an hour's drive from Melbourne.
Get up close to Australian wildlife at Healesville Sanctuary, home to more than 200 species of native birds and animals, including kangaroos, wallabies, platypus, lyrebirds and even the Tasmanian devil or discover local produce for yourself, stopping at farm gates, roadside stalls and gourmet outlets to collect ingredients for a picnic lunch.
Head to the Yarra Ranges National Park - Cradling the Yarra River headwaters and much of Melbourne's water catchment, the park features majestic Mountain Ash trees.
Visit the Rainforest Gallery with its spectacular observation platform and rainforest walkway on the southern slopes of Mount Donna Buang. Enjoy cross-country skiing and tobogganing at Lake Mountain. Drive the world famous Black Spur between Healesville and Narbethong, continue through to Marysville stopping along Lady Talbot Drive to walk through ancient rainforests at the Beeches and view the waterfalls at Keppel and Phantom Falls.
Recommended duration: One day
Total distance: 144 kilometres (return to Melbourne)
Driving time: Approximately three hours return to Melbourne
Image Credit: Yarra Ranges National Park