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Home to some of the best wine regions, galleries, natural beauty, restaurants and coffee in the world, Victoria is most certainly one of the many jewels within Australia. From spectacular landscapes, stunning wildlife, pristine wilderness and alpine valleys to its intriguing history, award-winning wineries, charming villages, eclectic cities and exciting cultural experiences Victoria has it all.
The cosmopolitan city of Melbourne located on the Yarra River is packed full of exciting eateries, great shopping, wonderful markets, inspiring art galleries, beautiful architecture and stunning gardens. It’s iconic bustling cobbled laneways are a mecca for coffee lovers with a plethora of food choices and urban street art lining the laneways buildings – Banksy was here! A visit to Melbourne isn’t complete without a wander through this exciting part of the city. Renowned for its markets selling everything from local & specialty produce, hand-made and unique arts & crafts to food, coffee and vintage fashion and furniture. The most popular of which is Queen Victoria Markets, the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere.
Venture beyond the city and visit wonderful neighbourhoods: Brunswick – Melbourne’s coolest foodie destination, Richmond – vintage stores & micro-breweries, St Kilda – beach, Luna Park, nightlife, Fitzroy – all things cool & arty, South Yarra – upmarket boutiques, heaven for shopaholics, Brighton – beach, colourful bathing boxes & antiques – just to name a few.
Yarra Valley & The Dandenong Ranges
A visit to the vineyards is a must with the Yarra Valley most famous for its cool-climate wines: chardonnay, pinot noir, shiraz and cabernet sauvignon, and only an hour from the city. With a wonderful range of cellar doors dotted throughout this picturesque part of the country it is best enjoyed from above with a unique view of the valley by hot air balloon.
The quaint villages of the Dandenong Ranges await with stunning established gardens and rustic farm cafes serving great country fare – the scenic and winding Mount Dandenong Tourist Road is a must. Also is a ride on Puffing Billy steam train, one of the world’s finest preserved steam railways as it meanders its way through 24 kilometres of tall mountain ash and fern gullies.
Daylesford & The Macedon Ranges
With spectacular forests, natural mineral waters, galleries, amazing food and historic villages this is a wonderful region of Victoria. Experience truffle tasting at Black Cat Truffles (seasonal), stay at the iconic Lake House, the romantic retreat and renowned restaurant located on its own beautiful lake and visit food & craft markets. Just 10 minutes north of Daylesford is Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm, roam and explore the 100 acres of European styled gardens with rows of magnificent lavender and say hi to their resident Highland cow, Mirella. Pack a picnic from the nearby provedores and head to Hanging Rock. Be intrigued by its local history, geology and mystery. Or take that picnic to Coliban River Scenic Reserve, home to the stunning Trentham Falls, one of the longest single drop waterfalls in Victoria.
Fresh air, a relaxed lifestyle, galleries, cafes, spas, boutique wines and distilleries – from pristine beaches to beautiful green hinterland the Mornington Peninsula is a place to be explored. The peninsula beaches of Port Phillip Bay from the long, wide bay beaches of Frankston to the sandy beach of Rye, perfect for that picnic or BBQ. Head out into the picturesque hinterland and you will find more than 50 boutique cellar doors, renowned for pinot noir. If wine isn’t your thing then explore the many local hand-crafted beers, ciders and spirits at small-batch breweries, cideries and distilleries. From Aboriginal and colonial history, organic roadside stalls and the soothing healing mineral waters of the Peninsula Hot Springs – Australia’s first geothermal resort, the Mornington Peninsula is only one hour from Melbourne and needs to be visited.
This small island is big on things to see and do. Firstly the major draw card here are the little penguins. There are over 32,000 of them living around the waters of Phillip Island with 4,000 making their home at Summerland Beach. You can witness these little guys leave at sunrise and return at dusk, having swum up to 100 kilometres each day. Discover pristine white beaches, one to suit all – surfing, with some of the best surf breaks in the state to family-friendly – Cowes Beach is great for swimmers with nearby facilities. This is a wildlife wonderland, look out for koalas in the treetops at the Koala Conservation Centre and spot Australian fur seals on a wildlife cruise to Seal Rocks where a colony of 25,000 live. If you visit between May and October you may get a chance to see humpback whales as they migrate from Antarctica to Queensland to give birth in the warmer waters. Explore walking and cycling tracks or visit Phillip Island Winery, a chocolate factory and heaps of kid-friendly activities – A Maze’N Things, Antarctic Journey, go carts and wall climbing.
Geelong, The Bellarine & the Great Ocean Road
Geelong is Victoria’s second largest city and gateway to the Bellarine Peninsula and the Great Ocean Road. Once a gritty port city Geelong is now a haven of craft breweries, waterfront cafes, award-winning wineries and local provedores. The Bellarine Peninsula isn’t as well known as the Mornington Peninsula however it is a great spot full of beaches, wineries, luxury accommodation and lovely food. It only takes a half an hour to drive from one end to the other but take your time and discover all that it has to offer.
The Great Ocean Road is a popular tourist attraction and home to the dramatic 12 Apostles, a collection of limestone stacks off the shore of Port Campbell National Park. Meander along the spectacular Great Ocean Walk from Apollo Bay to the 12 Apostles and explore further inland and witness rolling hills, lakes and valleys of ancient volcanic plains, the third largest in the world.
When gold was discovered in this region over 150 years ago it left its historical mark on the cities and towns that thrived there. Located in the region of North Central Victoria the historical rich cities of Ballarat and Bendigo and the country charms of Maldon, Castlemaine and Maryborough, to name a few. Visit inspiring art galleries – exceptional collections of Australian artists in both Ballarat and Bendigo, visit magnificent gardens – Buda Historic Home and Garden in Castlemaine, this heritage home is surrounded by one of the most important 19th century gardens, discover gold rush history at the Eureka Centre, the site of the famous rebellion. From stunning architecture, spectacular landscapes, amazing wine and fine fresh local produce, the Goldfields region is a must to discover.
An outdoor lovers’ dream, the stunning natural beauty of the Grampians is one to discover. Explore world-famous hiking trails and come across majestic waterfalls, colourful spring wildflowers (Aug to Oct), magnificent wildlife and awe-inspiring outlooks. The rugged mountain ranges of the Grampians National Park is home to the largest number of significant and ancient Aboriginal rock art paintings. A series of five spectacular sandstone ridges, the Grampians is home to kangaroos, koalas, emus, wedge-tailed eagles and many other bird species. You’ll also see the iconic MacKenzie Falls, flowing year round, it is the largest and most spectacular waterfall in Victoria. After exploring the outdoors head to a boutique cellar door, the Grampians is best known for its peppery shiraz or Paper Scissors Rock Brew Co., an independent microbrewery located in Halls Gap.
Located in the north-east of Victoria the High Country has spectacular national parks, pristine snow resorts, scenic vineyards and rich history. One of Australia’s great touring routes is the Great Alpine Road. This 339 kilometre road takes you through unforgettable scenery, from spectacular mountain ranges, captivating valleys and abundant forests to picturesque vineyards and stunning coastal waterways. Other drives of note are the Golden Heritage Drive, Gourmet Food and Wine Drive and Mount Buffalo Drive. Explore the great outdoors and breathe in that fresh alpine air, from cycling & mountain biking, walking & hiking, swimming holes and hot air ballooning.
In winter ski and snowboarding comes alive at the resort towns of Mount Buller, Falls Creek and Mount Hotham. Discover the region’s rich Aboriginal heritage at Yeddonba Aboriginal Cultural Site and browse the collection of Indigenous artwork at the Benalla Art Gallery. The rugged landscape of the North Country inspired some of Australia’s most endearing legends, one of which is at Glenrowan, the site of Ned Kelly’s famous last stand, visit the six metre high Kelly and take a tour of notable sites.
Having the largest lake system and one of the longest beaches in the Southern Hemisphere, this is home to some of the best touring adventures in the country. Covering the entire south-east corner of Australia, Gippsland has so many must do attractions. Victoria’s largest coastal wilderness area, Wilsons Promontory is 50,000 hectares of reserve with walking tracks, fern gullies and eucalypt forests and an abundance of Aussie wildlife. The Gippsland Food & Wine Trail is a must with the trail weaving its way through the west, south and east. With award -winning cool climate wines, small batch beers & gins and of course wonderful fresh produce just waiting to be sampled. With a network of lakes, marshes and lagoons the Gippsland Lakes cover more than 600 sq km.
Explore the local islands by ferry and discover their native habitats. Ninety Mile Beach is a 90 mile long stretch of pristine golden sand that separates the Gippsland Lakes from Bass Strait. Ideal for swimming at patrolled areas and walking along its unspoilt shores, you may just see a whale or dolphin with its waters home to a vast array of marine life. A mention also is the Buchan Caves, lying beneath a scenic valley floor this is a wonderful system of ancient limestone formations. This labyrinth network is one of Australia’s most spectacular and the best way to explore is by guided tour, with two caves open to visit. At only a 45 minute drive north from Lake Entrance it is definitely worth a visit.
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