Baw Baw National Park is one of the few locations in Australia where you can see snow on eucalypts! Mt Baw Baw rises 1567m and in winter becomes an ideal location for a quick skiing jaunt from Melbourne. For more information visit here.
The Dandenong Ranges, located less than an hour from Melbourne CBD, is a popular location for day trippers seeking a wilderness break in the towering Mountain Ash trees and fern gullies. There is abundant bird life and the area is also home to several state gardens including the National Rhododendron Gardens, Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens, George Tindale Memorial Gardens and Pirianda Gardens. For more information on the Dandenong Ranges National Park or gardens visit here or here.