Victoria

Melbourne is commonly described as Australia’s most cosmopolitan city, surrounded by natural beauty along the coast and in the mountains.

Bring your wallets to go shopping in Melbourne, your camera to see the natural beauty of the 12 Apostles along the Great Ocean Road, and your palette for the wine of the Yarra Valley and the Mornington Penisula. A trip to Victoria is a trip for the entire body, mind, and soul.

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Melbourne

Delight all five senses by wandering down Melbourne's street art covered laneways, gazing up at 19th century buildings, finding zen in incredible tree-lined boulevards and reveling in shopping meccas - all with a bearded-barista made coffee in hand. The sports-mad folk can froth over an AFL game at the Melbourne Cricket Ground or a grand slam at Rod Laver Arena. And to mellow out again after the highs of that excitement, kick back in the achingly hip plazas, bars and restaurants scattered along the Yarra River.

Great Ocean Road (B100)

The 243 kilometre National Heritage listed road will lead the eager traveller to iconic wonders like the  Twelve Apostles, Otway National Park, Bells Beach and Lord Ard Gorge. And it’s not just about the destination - the journey is full of green rainforests; such quaint seaside towns as Torquay, Lorne, Angelsea, Apollo Bay and Port Campbell; world class beaches; stunning limestone cliffs; and amazing views of the Southern Ocean.

Yarra Valley

This fertile valley provides Australia with award-winning wines, farms, dairies, and orchards. Picture-perfect wineries are a must-visit for their scenery and their vintages. Tastings and behind-the-scenes wine tours are available. To venture beyond the vines, a horseback ride in scenic gardens or sunrise balloon ride offer spectacular views with a shot of adrenaline.

Phillip Island

Charming Phillip Island is practically run by penguins. In fact, the Penguin Parade is the number one attraction here. Watch entire penguin colonies make their daily migration as they emerge from the ocean and return waddling to their sand dune burrows. Once you get a taste of wildlife, you’ll be back for me. Seal Rocks, home to tens of thousands of fur seals, is another popular destination, as is birdwatching from Rhyll Inlet.

About Victoria

  • Fast Facts

    Fast Facts

    Language
    English
    Currency
    Australian dollar (AUD)
    Visa Requirements

    CIBTvisas

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    Getty Images
  • Must Do's

    Must Do's

    • Eureka Skydeck 88 (Melbourne – Southbank highest viewing platform in the Southern Hemisphere)
    • Federation Square (for restaurants, bars, shopping and culture)
    • 12 Apostles (along the Great Ocean Drive)
    • Great Otway National Park
    • Yarra River
    • Royal Botanical Gardens Victoria
    • Melbourne Cricket Ground

     

  • Family Friendly Activities

    Family Friendly Activities

    • Phillip Island Nature Parks
    • SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium
    • Melbourne Star Observation Wheel
    • Adventure Park Geelong
    • Melbourne Zoo
    • Healesville Sanctuary
  • Key Festivals and Events

    Key Festivals and Events

    • Australian Open Tennis (January)
    • Festival of Sails, Geelong (January)
    • Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (January)
    • Fourth Magellan Ashes Test: Boxing Day, Melbourne (December)
    • Virgin Australian Melbourne Fashion Festival, Melbourne (March)
    • Melbourne Food and Wine Festival Melbourne (March)
    • State of Origin Melbourne (June)
    • Melbourne International Film Festival, Melbourne (August)
  • Off the Tourist Trail

    Off the Tourist Trail

    • Cycle the Capital City Trail (29km one way)
    • Hanging Rock Recreation Reserve, Macedon Ranges

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