The Ultimate Road Trip: Melbourne to Cape Paterson

The drive from Melbourne CBD to Cape Paterson takes under 2 hours. Why not set an alarm to leave earlier and see what the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne has to offer on your way down towards the Gippsland Coast? You could easily extend this road trip to half a day to see the many sights and sounds that this part of Victoria has to offer!

First Stop – Food Galore at Prahran Market (duration: 1 hour)

Open from 7am (except for Monday and Wednesday) and 10am on Sunday’s, Prahran Market is a foodie’s dream with a variety of food from every corner of the globe. From freshly made beef keftedes from Greece, to sizzling Japanese style BBQs, or mouth-watering Argentinian empanadas. There is something to suit every taste bud from their speciality eateries.

With plenty of on-street parking nearby, Prahran Market makes the perfect first stop as you fuel up and get ready for the road trip ahead!

1: The Falafel Man. Image: Prahran Market.

Second Stop – Grab a Deal at DFO Moorabbin (duration: 1 to 3 hours)

Located 20 km south-east of Melbourne CBD, drive 25-mins and shop at DFO Moorabbin. Open from 10am until 6pm every day, you can shop to your heart’s content with over 100 stores in this indoor shopping centre, with up to 70% off Australian and International brands including Oroton, Converse, G-Star, Country Road, Mimco, Witchery and much more!

Third Stop – Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (duration: 1 to 2 hours)

Head further south and take a wander around the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria at Cranbourne. Boasting an area of 363-hectares including heathlands, wetlands and woodlands, you can easily spend a whole day indulging in the beauty and diversity of the unique Australian landscape and plants. It is also home to Australia’s most comprehensive botanical library, including over 10,000 plant species from around the world.

You can hop on the open-air bus for a 30-minute tour around the gardens, tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children. A great way to immerse yourself into the Australian landscape and see the highlights of the Gardens.

Royal Botanic Gardens - John Gollings
2: Aerial view of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Cranbourne. Source: John Gollings.

Fourth Stop – Afternoon Tea at Bassine Specialty Cheeses (duration: 1 hour)

Take the Bass Highway south, and drop by for an afternoon tea session at Bassine Specialty Cheeses. What originally started out as a hobby, has now flourished into a thriving business of 180 Holstein Cows. Sample local handmade artisan farmhouse cheese or try their milkshakes (the best in the area!) and while you’re at it, order some freshly baked scones – you won’t be disappointed!

3: Cows happily grazing behind the cafe. Image: Bassine Specialty Cheese.

Looking forward to making your way to our holiday park? We can’t wait to welcome you! With a range of accommodation options at Cape Paterson Holiday Park, from 2 and 3-bedroom Ocean View Villas, sites or book your caravan or camp-site on our website.

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