Victoria is the smallest but most densely populated state in mainland Australia and is popular with overseas visitors who are keen to visit the capital Melbourne.
However, the big city is only part of the reason why you might want to consider Victoria for a break ‘Down Under’, with the state being home to some of Australia’s most dramatic landscapes – particularly if you take the decision to head off and explore the coast.
Victoria benefits from a varied climate, which will largely be dependent on where in the state you decide to visit.
Towards the north west, expect to find semi-arid conditions which become more temperate as you head south towards the coast – whilst things tend to be a lot cooler through the Great Dividing Range where you might even encounter snow during the winter…
If you are one of the many people who decide to visit Melbourne then you’ll be able to enjoy spending time in one of Australia’s most cosmopolitan destinations.
Visit historical and cultural sites like Federation Square and the National Gallery of Victoria, relax with a coffee after a walk through the lanes of Central Place or hit the shops in search of a bargain in the small boutiques that sit alongside the major department stores.
You could also enjoy some top class dining or spend some time in the Botanical Gardens to see another side to the city away from the busy streets.
Should you be a fan of one of Australia’s most famous exports, you could also see for yourself if Neighbours really do have good friends…
Away from Melbourne, visitors to the state of Victoria will be left spoiled for choice somewhat by the many and varied things that can be enjoyed.
From the vineyards of the Yarra Valley to the peaks of the Great Dividing Range, and from the stunning scenery of the Great Ocean Road to the wildlife of Philip Island, Victoria delivers in spades – it’s just up to you to decide where you visit first…
Melbourne Cricket Ground
The MCG is one of the most famous sporting venues in Australia and the largest stadium in the country with a capacity of more than 100,000. Opened in 1853, the stadium hosts a range of other sports every year and is the home of the National Sports Museum – including exhibits on everything from cricket and Australian Rules football to basketball and netball.
The Twelve Apostles is the name given to a collection of limestone stacks that are located off the coast of Victoria in the Port Campbell National Park. There aren’t actually twelve still standing with a number having been reclaimed by the sea, but those that remain are a popular attraction for visitors who want to embrace the scenic beauty of the state.
Pin Oak Court in the suburb of Vermont South might not be a street that rings a bell but rename it as Ramsey Street, Erinsborough and it’ll suddenly become instantly recognisable. The real life home of the hit TV show Neighbours, you can visit the street on official tours that also give the chance to meet members of the cast and visit exterior sets in nearby Global Studios.
Shrine of Remembrance
The Shrine of Remembrance is an important historical monument in Melbourne that was originally built to honour those men and women from Victoria who has served in World War I. Now a memorial to all Australians who have gone to battle, it is the place where the annual ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day observations are held every year.
Great Ocean Road
Running from Torquay to Allansford, the Great Ocean Road is one of the most scenic routes in Australia and is dedicated to soldiers who died in World War I, having been built by returning troops between 1919 and 1932. A trip along the 243km route provides the chance to take in stunning scenery along the coast, with the likes of the Twelve Apostles and London Arch amongst the sites to explore en-route.
The Yarra Valley is one of Australia’s most popular wine growing areas and is easily accessible from Melbourne for those who want to enjoy a day trip outside the city. Chardonnet, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz are amongst the wines that come from the region, and which you can sample at the many wineries.
National Gallery of Victoria
The National Gallery is the largest art museum anywhere in Australia and one of the most popular destinations for visitors to Melbourne. The gallery is home to art from both Australia and much further afield and is spread across two separate buildings.
Phillip Island is a small island located off the coast of Victoria which is lined to the mainland via a bridge that runs from Sam Remo over to Newhaven. The island is popular with wildlife lovers who want to see the native creatures; the most popular of which are the penguins that can be seen at Phillip Island Nature Park.
Grampians National Park
The Grampians National Park is a great place to visit if you have an interest in all things aboriginal, with the Brambuk Aboriginal Centre providing a fascinating insight into aboriginal history and rock art. You can also visit the impressive MacKenzie Falls or take in some of the most impressive views in the state from the Balconies lookout.
A fun day for all the family is assured if you head out of Melbourne to take a ride on the Puffing Billy; a well-preserved steam engine that operates on a 24km line from Belgrave to Gembrook. Take in views of the rainforest and gullies that line the route through the Dandenong Ranges National Park with a trip that is suitable for all ages.
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