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Best Places for a Melbourne Mums Weekend Away

by EricaL (follow)
In our round of Useful Lists, we've collated some of the best activities and services available to Melbourne children and babies.

However, it was discussed in our Closed Facebook Group that perhaps it's time to start focusing on activities for Mums!

Therefore, we've compiled a list of the best places for a Melbourne mums weekend away, as voted by you.

Because Mums need a little time out sometimes

All Mums (and Dads too, of course) need a little time out now and then. When you need a weekend away, it's hard to pick a place to go when there's so many amazing spots to choose from.

Without further ado, we bring you the Best Places for a Melbourne Mums Weekend Away:

Mornington Peninsula

A popular holiday destination, and it's easy to see why. The Mornington Peninsula, past Melbourne's South East, starts from Frankston all the way down to Portsea and Sorrento.

Position yourselves right in the middle, Mornington for example, and you'll have access to a whole heap of indoor and outdoor activities, such as:

Mornington Peninsula Wineries; there's more than 50 cellar doors and over 200 wineries in the region.
Day at the beach; plenty of beautiful spots to choose from.
Shopping; from boutique shops, vintage stores, to op shops and everything in-between, there's plenty of opportunities to shop on the Peninsula.

"Mornington Peninsula for a day at the hot springs and another day at wineries" MMG Member

"Mornington is great for evenings out, good cafés and restaurants, lots of shopping (including op shops) and lots of holiday home options an accommodation. Plus the beach of course!" MMG Member

Melbourne CBD

Sometimes it's not necessarily about getting away from it all but rather, getting into it!

If a weekend away with your besties in Melbourne's CBD is on the cards, there's plenty to do without the kids.

" I rented an apartment in Southbank in Melbourne for my 40th. My girlfriends and I ate out at Munich Brauhaus in Southwharf - lots of fun! We lunched at some of the gorgeous cafes and restaurants along Southbank and danced the night away at Club Retro. There's endless things to do in the city!" MMG Member

Other CBD activities include:

A stroll around Melbourne's iconic laneways
Check out the latest art exhibit at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)

Chocolate Walking Tour with Foodi

Enjoy an uninterrupted art house movie or documentary at the ACMI.
Find your way out of an Escape Room
Shop till you drop in the many boutiques and department stores found in Melbourne's CBD.
Enjoy a cocktail at a rooftop bar such as Madame Brussels.

Hepburn Springs & Daylesford

Spa country, need we say more? This is the perfect place for you and your besties to enjoy some R&R in some of the best spas in Victoria.

"Hepburn Springs for spas, good food, and great walks" MMG Member

The small town of Hepburn Springs is located within a region that contains Australia's largest concentration of natural mineral springs. It is also just 4km away from Daylesford, a township offering plenty of day and nighttime enjoyment, such as:

A visit to the The Convent Gallery, a stunning building that dates back to the 1860s (the previous home of the Gold Commissioner), which is now an art gallery, restaurant and bar.

The Convent in Dalyesford c/o facebook.com/conventgallery

Got lost in treasures Upstairs in the Alpha Hall; a large store filled with new and vintage clothes, homewares, gifts and toys.
Explore the Daylesford Sunday Markets and pick up a bargain. The market runs every Sunday from 8am to 3 - 4pm at Daylesford Station.
Indulge in a day at the iconic Hepburn Bathhouse.
Go all out and book into the finest restaurant in Daylesford The Lake House.

Dandenong Ranges

Escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy some relaxation time with your fellow Mums in the Dandenong Ranges.

The stunning region offers some of the most picturesque spots in Victoria, and all within an reach from Melbourne by car or train.

A sample of what's on offer:

Take in the walk in the national and state parks and look up in awe at the towering mountain ash and fern trees. Maybe even spot a koala or two.
Explore one of the pretty villages in the region; Mount Dandenong, Olinda, Sassafras and Belgrave and shop for handcraft goods, fashion, vintage wares or stop for a cafe lunch.
Enjoy a pancake brunch at Flippin' Pancakes
Feed the wild rosellas and cockatoos at Grants on Sherbrooke

Cockatoos at Grants on Sherbooke c/o facebook.com/GrantsonSherbrooke

Take in the beautiful artwork and surrounds in the outdoor William Ricketts Sanctuary
Indulge in a Devonshire Tea and Scone at Miss Marple's Tearooms or Kallista Tea Rooms
Take in the incredible views of Melbourne from above and afar from Sky High Mt Dandenong

Another special mention for the Yarra Valley if wine tasting is on the agenda, Phillip Island to visit the fairy penguins or to explore the island's rugged coastline while you camp in style with Phillip Island Glamping.

Phillip Island Glamping

Do you have any more suggestions for best places to visit on a Melbourne mums weekend away? If so, we'd love to hear from you! Send us an email to mums@melbournemumsgroup.com.au or comment on our Facebook Page.
Article contributed by Dr Vivien Kite, Executive Director, Australian Chicken Meat Federation.
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