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Melbourne's Surrounds

Make some time to go beyond the sporting action of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games and visit some of Australia's most beautiful playgrounds. Explore historic townships, natural wonders and an exhilarating variety of food and wine destinations within a two-hour journey of the Games action.

If you're heading to a Games regional sporting venue, take the time to explore coastal wilderness and national forests in Gippsland, get adventurous in Australian bush in the Grampians, discover Victoria's bushranger past in Legends, Wine and High Country or relax alongside the mighty Murray River. So if you've got some time and the whim to explore further, find out about the touring packages and self-drive options.

Whichever direction you travel, you will find an alluring variety of options to be enjoyed alongside the on-field excitement of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Take a day tour and explore Melbourne's playgrounds

Visit beautiful beaches along Mornington PeninsulaPlay golf, enjoy exceptional local food and wine and relax by the seaside along the Mornington Peninsula.
Find out more about the Mornington Peninsula Tour.

Experience the stunning ocean views, beachside activities, laid-back coastal towns, historic lighthouses, maritime villages and the spectacle of the Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road

Find out more about the Great Ocean Road Adventure Tour. 

Find out more about the Surf Coast Tour.

Penguins coming ashore at the Phillip Island Penguin ParadeSee Australian wildlife, including families of koalas to hundreds of seals to the amazing Penguin Parade in Phillip Island.

Find out more about the Phillip Island Penguin Express Tour

Indulge in rejuvenating mineral spas, luxury accommodation and explore antique shops and fine wineries in Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges.

Find out more about the Macedon Ranges Tour.

Floating above vineyards in a hot air balloon in the Yarra Valley, a day tripper's delightFollow the Food Trail and sample award-winning wines amid rolling fields of vines, or explore lush gullies and mystical mountain ash forests in Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges.

Find out more about the Dandenongs Forest Afternoon Getaway.

Find out more about the Puffing Billy, Yarra Valley and Healesville Tour.

Find out more about the Yarra Valley Wineries Tour.

Find out more about the Yarra Valley, Rainforest and Mt St Leonard's Walk.

Find out more about the Sherbrooke Forest Day Walk.

Discover gold and take a step back into Victoria's fascinating goldrush history with grand architecture, gardens, art galleries, festivals and attractions in the Goldfields.

Find out more about the Sovereign Hill and Historic Ballarat Tour.

Play a round of golf at the Royal Melbourne course

Golf tours

A city for golfing aficionados, Melbourne is home to more than a dozen of Australia's top 100 golf courses, including the famed Royal Melbourne, the south-east suburban 'sand belt' region and some of the nation's best public links. The range, depth and quality of courses found just outside Melbourne will also amaze you. Another 13 of Australia’s top rated courses can be found within 90 minutes drive. Get involved in some sporting action yourself and take a Commonwealth Games Travel Office Golf Tour. Find out more about golf tours.

For more information about Melbourne, and exploring the state of Victoria go to

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See you at Delhi 2010
Fireworks at the MCG at the closing of Melbourne 2006.
After eleven fun packed days, Melbourne 2006 is now over and all thoughts turn to the next Games - Delhi 2010. Nameste! See you in Delhi 2010! Swagatam!
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Festival Highlights Gallery
Crowds at Alexandra Gardens.
Hundreds of thousands of people flocked to Australia's biggest free cultural festival during the Games.
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