Cardinia boasts some of the most picturesque regions of Victoria, stretching from the southern hills of the Dandenong Ranges to the lower plains of Westernport Bay, encompassing the idyllic locations of Emerald, Gembrook and Upper Beaconsfield.
Less than an hour drive from Melbourne, Cardinia is the gateway to rural eastern Victoria, offering numerous tours, attractions and accommodation that will entertain and educate the whole family. With so much to see and do and with its close proximity to Melbourne its easy to turn a day trip into a wonderfully indulgent short break.
Create your own food and wine trail as you sample a fine drop in organic wineries producing award winning five-star cool climate varieties, or perhaps satisfy your appetite with a refreshing brew and hearty meal made from local produce in the old-world pubs.
Consider a visit to a working alpaca farm or a leisurely horse ride along fern gullies only accessible by foot. Take a swing at a country golf club - but watch for passing kangaroos! Enjoy a day trip soaking up the country sights and vistas as you drive through thick forests and fern-filled gullies, stroll through hidden quaint villages, or treat yourself to an overnight stay in one of the regions romantic or family orientated bed and breakfast cottages.
Now is the perfect time to visit the region and beat the summer peak season, as mother-nature puts on a fabulous display of riotous colour in her mountain top gardens. For a slice of the country life just 40km southeast of Melbourne, why not visit Cardinia today! Getting there:
The Cardinia region is under an hour from Melbourne. Take the South Eastern Freeway to the Berwick exit, travel though this now bustling metropolis and take a left at Beaconsfield Emerald Road - the gateway to the Cardinia Ranges.