Hugging the tip of Australia’s east coast, Victoria is a compact area with a wealth of regional areas and attractions, from sweeping coastline and pristine beaches to national parks and forests teeming with wildlife. We have wineries, lakes and mountains offering skiing, climbing and hiking.
Victoria’s capital, Melbourne, is an exciting blend of old and new. The elegant and fashionable city is set on the banks of the Yarra River. The distinctive mid-1800s gold-boom era architecture blends with modern glass skyscrapers to create an exceptional cityscape. The river is at the heart of Melbourne’s charm with rowers skimming the water; scenic cycle tracks alongside, and outdoor cafes lining the banks in the Southgate precinct.
Melbourne showcases the best of Australia’s laid-back lifestyle, but it also revels in a more old-world sense of sophistication and style. With its diverse inner-city villages, chic fashion stores, over 3,000 restaurants, bars and cafes and an excellent transit system you have all the ingredients of a great destination.
Known as a style-setter, Melbourne’s history and culture collide with creativity and innovation. A focal point for the arts, events and entertainment is Federation Square – a creative mix of galleries, cafes and public space - connecting the city with the Yarra River.
Discover the bustling laneways in the city centre or the peaceful Royal Botanic Gardens. Stroll along Melbourne’s Golden Mile, where you’ll gain an insight into a city created from the proceeds of the Victorian gold boom more than 150 years ago.
Popular Places: Melbourne, Great Ocean Road, The Grampians, Mornington Peninsula, Bells Beach, Ballarat, Phillip Island.
- Victoria is Australia’s smallest mainland state, with the highest density out of any of the states. Its capital city, Melbourne, is Australia’s second-largest city, and is best known for its style, sophistication, culture, fabulous eateries, great shopping and thriving arts scene. Over a quarter of its residents were born overseas, making it Australia’s most multi-cultural city.
- Melbourne is known as the cultural capital of Australia, and there is an endless timetable of food and film festivals, art exhibitions and musical offerings. The city also hosts many large events such as the Australian Grand Prix and the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show.
- Outside Melbourne, regional attractions include Phillip Island with its famous penguin parade, the vast sandstone ridges of The Grampians, and the spectacular Great Ocean Road from which you can view dramatic rock formations such as the famous Twelve Apostles as you drive your campervan through.
- Inland Victoria is largely farmland; northern Victoria borders the Australian Alps.
Victoria as a state is relatively compact – so you can fit a lot in during a one-week stay. It’s also very diverse. There are alpine regions with excellent ski resorts, historic former gold mining towns, incredible coastline scenery, superb national parks, pretty spa country, and the mighty Murray River.
Melbourne lays claim to being Australia’s events capital, enthusiastically embracing a wide diversity of festivals, exhibitions and sporting spectacles. There isn’t a dull month in Melbourne with a busy annual cycle of major events including the Australian Open Tennis Championships, the Formula 1 Grand Prix, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the horse race which stops a nation each
November, the Melbourne Cup.