10 unique things to do in Victoria
The dream of lounging around our entire holiday has been replaced with a strong urge to do exciting new things. More than ever, we want to be thrilled, moved and rewarded on our holiday!
We have to assume this is a big reason why motorhome travel has become so popular. It gives travellers more options, authentic family moments and more time in that fresh Australian air.
If you’re eager to get out and do things you’ve never done before – Victoria might be the holiday destination for you! Exciting things happen in almost every nook and cranny of Melbourne. As you drive out of the CBD, you’ll find iconic natural wonders, great beaches and fascinating architecture.
So, what better way to support this incredibly creative state than having a fun-filled motorhome holiday across Victoria!?
From bathing in hot springs to being a part of a live studio audience, there are some seriously unique things to do in Melbourne and its incredible surroundings – we’ve listed our top 10.
Take some mindblowing photos at ArtVo
Have some fun and prank your friends into thinking you’ve been jet skiing with dolphins! Australia’s first immersive ‘trick-art’ gallery, ArtVo contains over 80 hand-painted artworks that create the ultimate optical illusions. Taking photos is highly encouraged at this gallery - the staff will even help you take them.
26 Star Cres, Level 1, The District, Docklands Vic 3008
Relax at the Mornington Peninsula Hot Springs
Spend hours embracing the spectacular views of the Mornington Peninsula inside the comfort of a warm bath! After soaking in the hot springs, you will want to head to the Hilltop Pool for panoramic views before cooling off in the plunge pool or relaxing in the sauna. There are many ways to explore the area, from guided tours to breakfast packages.
140 Springs Ln, Fingal VIC 3939
Have a cocktail in the IceBar
If you’re strolling the Melbourne CBD, be sure to stop at the IceBar for a drinking experience like no other! You’ll find this artic themed venue in the heart of Federation Square. The staff will provide you with all the snow gear you’ll need so you can have a drink in sub-zero temperatures, play table hockey and see some incredible ice sculptures – including an epic throne. Kids will love this place too - the ice bar is open for families until 7pm every day.
The Atrium Federation Square, Melbourne VIC 3000
Be a part of a live television event
Did you know Friends, Seinfeld and Big Bang Theory were filmed in front of a live studio audience full of fans? There is an incredible amount of television filmed in Victoria every day too! When you’re booking holiday activities – don’t miss the chance to be a part of your favourite tv program. You will get to watch a show, witness its production and maybe even encounter a celebrity or two! Standard weekly productions include The Project, Have You Been Paying Attention and Millionaire Hot seat. The best part? It’s all free! Just be sure to book tickets ahead of time.
Eat a burger on a train in the sky
When it comes to cool eateries and rooftop dining, Melbourne is unbeatable. Burger restaurant Easey’s, located in Collingwood, is one of those extraordinary foodie experiences! Here, you will dine in a train carriage situated on the roof of a five-storey building. The views of Melbourne CBD are breathtaking – as is the food . Victorians LOVE their Dim Sims and Melbourne Bitter beer – so you best try the restaurants Bitter Battered Dim Sims!
3/48 Easey St, Collingwood VIC 3066
Explore the wonders of Sovereign Hill
Once you step into Sovereign Hill, it will feel like you’ve entered another world; as if you’ve been transported back in time - and that’s precisely the aim. This unique outdoor museum contains over 37 acres of wonder, bringing the tale of the Ballarat Goldrush back to life. While strolling through the iconic 1850s street, you will be immersed by costumed actors, working machinery and unique historical exhibits.
Bradshaw St, Golden Point VIC 3350
Tour The Great Aussie Beer Shed
Victoria loves their beer so much so, one family decided to make a museum to showcase it! The Great Aussie Beer Shed is a lot more than just beer memorabilia - although the owner Neil’s 47-year collection will amaze you! It’s a great place to spend a few hours, learn some incredible Australian history and be guided by an engaging host - it is most often the owner himself.
377 Mary Ann Rd, Echuca VIC 3
Watch the sunset at the 12 Apostles
If road-tripping across Victoria in a motorhome, it’s likely you’re taking the Great Ocean Road Route. The 12 Apostles is the number one most visited attraction in the region, so while this destination is hardly unique, the view undoubtedly is! These beautiful limestone monuments are an unforgettable sight, best witnessed during sunset with your favourite picnic blanket.
Great Ocean Rd & Booringa Rd, Princetown VIC 3269
Ride the Puffing Billy Railway
Riding through the Dandenong rainforest in a heritage steam train is a unique and unforgettable way to see Victoria in its natural state! Whether it be a romantic date, a family event, or to take some impressive photos – the Puffing Billy Railway can be enjoyed by anyone and everyone. The train was built in the early 1900s and is lovingly named a living time machine thanks to its authentic service and classic style.
1 Old Monbulk Rd, Belgrave VIC 3160
Make a friend at the Cat Café
Missing your furry friend while on the road? Be sure to visit Melbourne’s Cat Café. Here, you can have your coffee while petting adorable and friendly cats! The cats are all rescues and live in the industrial two-story house/cafe! It’s a lovely place to unwind from the action-packed city. While a few cat cafes are popping up around Australia, this was the first of its kind. Be sure to visit the shop afterwards; perhaps you’ll find the perfect souvenir for your cat!
30 Guildford Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000
Where to stay
Many of the activities listed above are in the heart of Melbourne CBD, so you will probably want to stay nearby for a few nights. There are an abundance of powered campsites close to these quirky attractions, including:
Take the road less travelled
Victoria certainly has some of the best road trips in Australia. The destinations are unique and the food scene is unforgettable! But the very best part of a Victorian road trip is often the drive itself. The views from your motorhome window are picture-perfect, whichever route you choose to take!
The Great Ocean Road is the most popular choice, an epic road trip that will have you exploring huge cliffs, lush rainforest and some of Australia’s most famous natural landmarks. For other alternatives, who not try one of these remarkable Vic road trips instead: