Nature Lover’s Paradise: National Parks Near Melbourne
Buckle up for an unforgettable motorhome road trip through the diverse and picturesque landscapes surrounding Victoria’s bustling capital city! Offering a blend of wilderness, coastal charm, and natural wonders, there are four incredible national parks near Melbourne —each a treasure trove waiting to be explored.
So, grab your sense of adventure and let's hit the road to discover the beauty that awaits!
Kokoda Track Memorial Walk, Visit Victoria
Dandenong Ranges National Park
Distance from Melbourne: 52 minutes
Accessibility: Most areas are suitable for motorhomes; just avoid narrow roads
Your adventure kicks off just a short drive from Melbourne, venturing into the enchanting realm of the Dandenong Ranges. Get your camera ready because towering forests, scenic vistas, and charming towns will rise up to greet you from all sides!
Some key things to do at the Dandenong Ranges include the Botanic Garden and the iconic Puffing Billy Railway, which offers a nostalgic steam train journey through lush greenery. You’ll be spoiled for choice here when it comes to hiking, and Sherbrooke Forest is a great place to start with its majestic ash trees and serene fern gullies awaiting exploration.
If you’re keen to spend the night, some campgrounds and holiday parks in the area also offer facilities for motorhomes!
Wilson’s Promontory, William Watt
Wilson's Promontory National Park
Distance from Melbourne: 2hrs 34min
Accessibility: Most areas are suitable for motorhomes, some narrow roads to avoid
The landscape around you transforms into rugged cliffs and pristine beaches at Wilson's Promontory! This haven for nature enthusiasts boasts breathtaking vistas, serene bushwalks, and wildlife encounters aplenty. Get ready to hike to secluded coves or simply unwind on the golden sands, soaking in the tranquillity of this coastal paradise.
The park offers several camping opportunities, including Tidal River Campground, which is the most popular campground at Wilson’s Prom, as well as Stockyard, Waterlook Bay, and others. Find the perfect spot to set up your motorhome amidst the coastal wilderness, and get ready to wake up with the symphony of waves crashing against the shore.
Yarra Ranges National Park
Distance from Melbourne: 2hrs 14min
Accessibility: Limited access in some areas due to narrow or winding roads
Continuing your journey northeast of Melbourne, you’ll reach the Yarra Ranges National Park, which is a mosaic of diverse landscapes. The park is characterised by its lush forests, fern gullies, and eucalyptus forests, making it a haven for nature lovers. Take to the trails and wander through ancient fern gullies, keeping an eye out for native wildlife. Whether it's a leisurely stroll or an adventurous hike, this park offers an escape that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and inspired!
Yarra Ranges National Park provides a variety of camping areas, including bigger sites like Big4 Yarra Valley Park Lane Holiday Park or Warburton Holiday Park. You’ll find a variety of activities to do in the area, such as fishing and cycling, and you’ll want to take your time exploring nearby towns that are renowned for their food and wine!
Cape Schnack, Visit Victoria
Mornington Peninsula National Park
Distance from Melbourne: 1hr 25min
Accessibility: The main roads leading to and around the area are motorhome-friendly
Mornington Peninsula is a stunning coastal region and national park near Melbourne that’s beloved for its coastal beauty and charming seaside towns. With its clifftop vistas, hidden coves, and dramatic rock formations, this is a perfect destination for exploration. Some of the best things to do in Mornington Peninsula include visiting Sorrento, Portsea, and Mount Martha and touring the local wineries and culinary delights. From fresh seafood to endless vineyards, this truly is a foodie's dream come true!
There are several holiday parks and campgrounds across the peninsula that are perfect for camping, including Big4 Mornington Peninsula Holiday Park and Rye Foreshore Camping – which are the most popular sites in the area.
It’s Time For Road Trip In Melbourne!
Melbourne is a great starting point on your road trip, and it’s on the doorstep of so many stunning destinations! From the misty forests of the Dandenong Ranges to the pristine coastlines of Wilson's Promontory and Mornington Peninsula, each park has its own unique charm.
Need a map? Check out this guide to Victoria’s national parks!
So, pack your wanderlust and embark on this road trip—a symphony of nature's wonders awaits just a drive away from Melbourne. Call our friendly reservations team on 1300 664 485 or check out our website to see the motorhomes we have available at our Melbourne branch!