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5 Victorian adventure holidays you must do in 2023

Words by Tehya Nicholas
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Although we Melbournians are fortunate enough to call our home one of the most liveable cities in the world, sometimes we need a break from its breakneck pace. Fortunately, we can swap the bustle of the trams and trains for the gentle thrum of an oceanic swell within just a few hours. Victoria is brimming with adventures for nature enthusiasts and adrenaline junkies alike, from coastal walks and rugged mountain ranges to pristine beaches and world-class wineries.

As we brush off the final threads of our summer holidays, Artisan Adventures gives us 5 Victorian adventure holidays you must do in 2023 — no passport required.

Take a pilgrimage to the Twelve Apostles

12 Apostles TourWhere else to begin other than with our most iconic natural landmark? This collection of towering limestone stacks rising out of the Southern Ocean is a testament to the power of nature and attracts tens of thousands of visitors from around the globe annually. Best seen in full from the air, these distinctive rock formations were created by erosion over millions of years and will continue to change as sea spray and harsh winds pound the coastline.

There may only be eight remaining stacks, but the Twelve Apostles remains a thrilling sight and a must-visit destination for anyone exploring the beauty of Victoria. With plenty of boutique accommodation options and fine dining available nearby, it’s a modern day pilgrimage that spares no luxury. Keep an eye out for fur seals and other awe-inspiring flora and fauna who call this impressive environment home.

The Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk is a trip you will never forget where you get to experience The Twelve Apostles from a different view, by foot and by air.

Hit the slopes at Falls Creek

Falls Creek ToursAlpine, altitude and all-out fun define the crest of the mountainous Falls Creek. One of Australia’s top ski destinations, this winter wonderland is a paradise for thrill-seekers, with over 90 runs and a whopping 400 metres of vertical drop to conquer. The white slopes stay powdery with an average annual snowfall of 4 metres, making Falls Creek a haven for snow sports enthusiasts of all levels. And if you’re looking for a warmer adventure, from November to May this picturesque town transforms into a scenic destination for hiking, mountain biking, and other outdoor activities.

Whether it’s skiing or the buzzing aprés-ski scene you’re into, Falls Creek has something on offer. Best enjoyed, of course, while staying at one of the town’s renowned luxury hotels such as St Falls Resort (formerly QT Falls Creek).

Uncover hidden gems in Geelong and Bellarine

Bellarine ToursLocated just a short drive or easy V-Line trip away, this region boasts an abundance of natural beauty, culinary delights, and cultural treasures. Start your expedition in the bustling city of Geelong, with its picturesque waterfront and urban energy, and then prepare to hit the road and explore the rugged coastline of the Bellarine Peninsula. Walk the long stretch of white sandy beaches, grab a kayak and explore the crystal-clear ocean waters, or indulge in some world-class wine tasting at local vineyards. With its mix of idyllic scenery, top-quality produce, and abundance of artisans and providores, Geelong and Bellarine promises to leave you with lasting memories — and plenty of new content for your feed.

To visit some unique places within the Geelong and the Bellarine region let Artisan Adventures build you a bespoke trip.


Cycle in style from Beechworth to Bright

Cycling High Country
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Get ready for an epic cycling adventure through some of the most picturesque parts of Victoria’s High Country… and to build some epic calf muscles. Starting in Beechworth, the ride takes you along the scenic Murray to Mountains Rail Trail, a dedicated cycling path that winds its way through the countryside. As you cycle, take in the stunning views of the surrounding mountains and enjoy the fresh alpine air.

Set your own pace to enjoy either an exhilarating physical challenge or a more leisurely journey, but be sure to stop into some of the many charming cafes and wineries along the way, each perfect for a rest and a taste of local produce. And don’t worry, when you reach Bright with Mount Buffalo towering in the distance, you don’t have to climb it.

Discover your inner daredevil in Daylesford and Hepburn Springs

Victoria Adventure HolidaysFamous for its spas and effortless style, Daylesford and Hepburn Springs also boasts a quirky underbelly not oft experienced by travellers. Want to fight knights in a medieval castle? Dust off your sword and head to Kryal Castle. In to mud and mayhem? Grab a quad bike and carve up the forests with Victorian Quad Tours. Like llamas and picnics at Hanging Rock? Oddly enough, that’s a thing with Hanging Rock Llama Treks.

When you’re done being weird, you can soak your weary body at the Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa, or pop into one of the many award-winning wineries, distilleries or cellar doors in the region.




Let Artisan Adventures be your guide

Specialising in bespoke holidays and boutique adventure travel, Artisan Adventures can help plan and book your next amazing adventure or weekend getaway. From unique experiences throughout Victoria’s stunning regions, to sampling the best of what our amazing country has to offer, and beyond to incredible international destinations. Contact the team at Artisan Adventures to start planning your next escape.


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