Murray-Sunset National Park is the heart of the Mallee Country; regional Victoria’s own little slice of the outback.
Baw Baw National Park is the perfect destination for a weekend trip out of Melbourne with that proper Alpine feel. Just 120 clicks from the big smoke, it feels a million miles removed.
Just 180km northeast of Melbourne’s dense hustle, the picturesque, if ominously named, Mount Terrible is close enough to the big smoke for a weekend escape, yet far enough away to feel like a proper getaway.
The 151km drive from the village of Corryong through to Tom Groggin is a cracking offroad day trip with five-star High Country vistas on tap.
You’ll make it to Lerderberg State Park in an hour from the centre of town if you time your run right, and there are over 20,000 hectares of prime Vicco bushland to explore, spread between Bacchus Marsh and Blackwood.
Paddys Ranges State Park absolutely deserves a spot on your itinerary if you’re looking for a straight up bush camping weekender out of Melbourne. No crowds, no fuss, no worries.