5 Amazing Roadtrips from Melbourne

We love our road trips and these are our top five Victorian picks. 

 

Cactus Country

IMG_1201.JPG

Here you'll find of hundreds of cacti up to 50 years old and amazing artwork from a resident artist that paints every surface they can get their hands on. Paths wind through the plants and your written guide gives you all the details if you want to recreate the vibe at home. We spent over an hour just wandering around the gorgeous gardens, there is so much to see!

IMG_1203.JPG
IMG_1202.JPG
IMG_1205.JPG

The yurt sits on top of a remote hill on a farm in Myrrhee (45minutes from Benalla in northern Victoria). It is richly decorated and has a comfortable double bed inside.  There are two hammocks under a covered area just outside the yurt door along with a BBQ and gas cooktop. In total camping luxury there is a shower with hot water and a toilet as well. 

IMG_1206.JPG
IMG_1204.JPG
IMG_1208.JPG

Benalla has just hosted the third annual Wall to Wall Street Art Festival and the town looks incredible! Melbourne street art fans will recognise the work of Adnate, Rone, Kaffine and many more. There are also many interstate artists joining in on the fun.

IMG_1207.JPG
IMG_1209.JPG
IMG_1210.JPG

Starting in Sheep Hills and winding all the way up to Patchewollock is a street art project that is a world first! The big old grain silos that are dotted all over this farming area are being transformed into incredible works of art. It started two years ago with Guido van Helton painting four locals onto a silo at Brim. The response was incredible with people travelling far and wide to see the one of a kind artwork. Since then five more silos have been added to the project. Adnate has painted the colourful Sheep Hills silo at the start of the trail and Fintan Magee has added one of his signature huge characters to Patchewollock at the trail's end.   

IMG_1211.JPG
IMG_1212.JPG
IMG_1198.JPG

Located just outside Kyneton, one hour north of Melbourne, is this little gem of a property. The star of the show is Jean Claude Van Tram, a Vintage Tram that has been converted into comfortable accommodation. Inside is a bedroom, bathroom, toilet, kitchen and lounge area with wood heater. This conversion has been done with love and loyalty to the original purpose so you get all the character of the old tram. 

IMG_1199.JPG
IMG_1200.JPG

So, go on then! Hit the road! 

Yurt Alpine Retreat, Myrrhee

upload.jpg

We just spent the most wonderful Easter weekend in a yurt in the Victorian high country! This unique little place is on Air BNB, we heard about it through word of mouth and it's really no wonder people want to talk about their stay here. 

upload.jpg

The yurt sits on top of a remote hill on a farm in Myrrhee (45minutes from Benalla in northern Victoria). It is richly decorated and has a comfortable double bed inside.  There are two hammocks under a covered area just outside the yurt door along with a BBQ and gas cooktop. In total camping luxury there is a shower with hot water and a toilet as well.

upload.jpg

City slickers might want to YouTube 'lighting a campfire' because you are going to want to get some s'mores action on immediately. 

upload.jpg

Inside the yurt there is a small stove that can be lit for heating and a fan for the hotter weather. There is a solar powered light and a small solar powered fridge (esky sized). You will also find cutlery, plates, pots and pans, firelighting stuff, basic first aid kit and bug repellent. There is only one bed but there is room inside to roll out additional single camping mattresses.

upload.jpg

During your stay you are welcome to explore the farm and there are plenty of beautiful tracks to wander. Bring a kite too, conditions are perfect! 

upload.jpg

Some things to keep in mind before bringing the kids along on a yurt adventure: 

-This is aimed at couples and the bed reflects that. Bring an extra mattress unless you are happy squished in together (we squished).

-The Yurt is on the side of a big hill. It's not the place for kids likely to hurl themselves down the side. 

-The stove inside the yurt would be tricky to light with kids around. I think visiting in weather when it's not required would be better. 

-There is nothing to 'do'. I absolutely do not see this as a negative but I felt it was worth mentioning since a lot of people like the kids club kind of holiday these days. 

The view from the shower! 

The view from the shower! 

upload.jpg

You can book the Yurt Alpine Retreat via Airbnb but be aware it is popular so book well in advance.  It is $124 per night.

This was our first booking on Airbnb and we got one of those codes that gives new bookings a discount as well as bouncing a discount back to us so feel free to use it to get $50 off your first booking.

upload.jpg

If you are driving from Melbourne you will likely go through Benalla. Make sure you allow a little extra time to explore, there is incredible street art all over town!