Victoria Travel Guide

About Victoria

Hugging the tip of the east coast is Australia's second-smallest state. Packed into such a compact area however is a wealth of diverse regional areas and attractions, from national parks and forests teeming with wildlife to wineries, lakes and mountains offering skiing, climbing and hiking. Victoria is a state of scenic contrasts; the red deserts of the far west, the gentle valleys of the northeast, the rugged coastline west of Port Phillip Bay, and the famous Great Ocean Road. Best of all, many of Victoria's unique and varied landscapes are easily accessible as day trips from Melbourne.

Melbourne's melting pot of cultures is reflected in its micro-cosmos of restaurants, cafes, bistros and bars. Fashionable, eclectic and eccentric – Melbourne's dining spots offer a dizzying spread of the world's great cuisines, serving meals from the substantial and classic to the truly exotic. Renowned for its sense of style and elegance, Melbourne boasts glamorous festivals and events, great shopping, a lively passion for eating and drinking, and a flourishing interest in the arts. Beautiful vestiges of nineteenthcentury architecture, built following the discovery of gold, are heady reminders of a prosperous age, while meticulously tended parks and gardens present a therapeutic respite from the pace of city life.

Outside of Melbourne discover the diversity and beauty of Victoria's regions, rich in both human and natural history. From the world-class wineries of the Yarra Valley to the mineral springs of Macedon Ranges and Spa Country, the coastal villages of the peninsulas to alpine towns in the Victorian High Country. Many monuments remain; celebrating the ingenuity of the Aboriginal tribes in the form of cave paintings on rock walls, where nature has created its own great monuments, from the desolate sandhills of the Wimmera, the prehistoric gorges of the Central Highlands, to the volcanic plains of the Southwest and the coastline's spectacular cliffs. Much also remains of the settlers' past: the fine old colonial buildings and villages of Otway-Geelong, the goldfields with their memorial for bushrangers and Kelly Country, domain of the infamous Ned Kelly. Drive along the scenic Great Ocean Road, survey vineyards and farmland from a hot-air balloon, or pull on your walking boots and follow tracks and trails through the Grampians.

Regions of Victoria

  • Melbourne Travel Guide

    Melbourne

    Victoria's capital is a city of style & sophistication, with an inviting cosmopolitan atmosphere. The old-wo...

  • Geelong & The Bellarine Peninsula Travel Guide

    Geelong & The Bellarine Peninsula

    Geelong & the Bellarine Peninsula have all the ingredients that make for an unforgettable get...

  • Gippsland Travel Guide

    Gippsland

    Occupying Victoria's eastern corner, Gippsland covers a vast and diverse landscape ranging from unspoilt beaches to e...

  • Ballarat, Bendigo & The Goldfields Travel Guide

    Ballarat, Bendigo & The Goldfields

    The discovery of gold in Victoria's central region over 150 years ago has left a rich and la...

  • Grampians & The Pyrenees Travel Guide

    Grampians & The Pyrenees

    The Pyrenees - named after the rocky mountains that straddle the border between Spain and France. These Au...

  • Great Ocean Road Travel Guide

    Great Ocean Road

    The Great Ocean Road region hugs the contours of Victoria's rugged south west coast and offers visitors one of...

  • Macedon Ranges & Spa Country  Travel Guide

    Macedon Ranges & Spa Country

    One hour north-west of Melbourne, the rolling hills and farmland of Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges...

  • Mildura & The Murray Travel Guide

    Mildura & The Murray

    The Murray River is one of the longest navigable rivers in the world, stretching 2,700 kilometres from the mou...

  • Mornington Peninsula Travel Guide

    Mornington Peninsula

    Situated 55km south of Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula is the perfect destination for a weekend away. Ever...

  • Phillip Island Travel Guide

    Phillip Island

    Under two hours drive from Melbourne, Phillip Island is renowned for being home to the Australian Motor Cycle Grand ...

  • Victorian High Country & Goulburn Valley Travel Guide

    Victorian High Country & Goulburn Valley

    Located 2,000 metres above sea level, the Victorian High country is a scenic two-hour driv...

  • Yarra Valley Travel Guide

    Yarra Valley

    Immerse yourself in the Yarra Valley, an hour's drive east of Melbourne, where ancient mountain ranges meet vineya...

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