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Later, lockdown: 20 places that are less than 2 hours from Melbourne

By Maeve Galea

When you’ve spent the better part of a year unable to travel more than five kilometres from your home, the idea of limitless possibilities can be as overwhelming as it is exciting. With the welcome announcement that regional travel will be permitted in Victoria from Friday October 29, we’ve hand-picked 20 picture-perfect places to visit – all under two hours from the state’s capital.

1. For jaw-dropping coastal walks, try Phillip Island

Distance from Melbourne: 1 hour 55 minutes

2. For remote coastal camping, try Fairhaven campsite in French Island National Park

Distance from Melbourne: 1 hour 25 minutes (1 hour in the car to Stony Point, then 15 minutes on the ferry) 

Distance from Melbourne: 1 hour

4. For a day of sea and sun, try Half Moon bay in Black Rock

Distance from Melbourne: 40 minutes 

Distance from Melbourne: 1 hour 45 minutes

Distance from Melbourne: 1 hour 30 minutes

7. For a weekend of wine tasting, try the Yarra Valley

Distance from Melbourne: 1 hour 30 minutes

Distance from Melbourne: 1 hour 40 minutes

Distance from Melbourne: 1 hour 30 minutes 

Distance from Melbourne: 1 hour 30 minutes 

12. For world-class surfing, try Bells Beach in Torquay

Distance from Melbourne: 1 hour 25 minutes

Distance from Melbourne: 50 minutes

Distance from Melbourne: 1 hour 30 minutes 

Distance from Melbourne: 1 hour 30 minutes

16. For stunning landscapes and rich history, try Point Nepean National Park in Portsea

Distance from Melbourne: 1 hour 30 minutes 

Distance from Melbourne: 30 minutes

Distance from Melbourne: 1 hour 

Distance from Melbourne: 1 hour 30 minutes 

Distance from Melbourne: 1 hour 

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