As an adventure destination, Melbourne dresses to impress. There aren't too many large cities on the map that cater to so many tastes, from snowboarders to hikers to scuba divers to the more leisure-driven sect enamored with spectacular viewpoints and timeless monoliths.
If you're just looking to get out of the city for a day, the two moderately-sized mountains of this site for much more on what the Great Ocean Road to offer.
If you're willing to spend a bit more time away from Melbourne, the lakes of Barmah National Park and striking scenery of Alpine National Park are worth a few hours of driving, but you'd be hard pressed to rationalize not taking the 11 hour ferry ride to one of the most unique islands on Earth, Tasmania. Ten thousand years of isolation has led to flora and fauna unlike any other and an adventure destination that is a hotbed for hikers and climbers. Tasmanian highlights include extensive caving in Mole Creek Karst National Park, exceptional diving in Waterfall Bay and around Maria Island, and one of the world's best whitewater rivers, the Franklin. With prospects like this, you may not want to return to Melbourne.
Melbourne has got the variety and intensity of adventure activities to meet the desires of the Embark-style traveler. If you aren't convinced, browse our related travel pictures and videos or take a look through our activity listings and start building an adventure that you'll never forget.