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Victoria

12 Apostles along the Great Ocean Road Touring Route

Victoria is the smallest of Australian inland states, but has lots of beautiful sights to offer. Here you will find Australian Alps, vineyards of the Yarra Valley and the goldfields. Victoria is also famous for Great Ocean Road – a popular touring route featuring The Twelve Apostles. As well as the states capital city of Melbourne, the state is known for its natural environment from lush countryside to the rugged coast. Escape to Phillip Island, hike the Grampians or relax at a spa in Daylesford.

General Information: 
Summer Temperature: 
14-25C
Winter Temperature: 
7-14C
Population: 
5.4M
Victoria State Map
Regions within Victoria
The Great Ocean Road is one of the most scenic coastal drives in Australia
The Yarra Valley offers wine tours of the region
Grampians Nationals Park has adventure activities for all ages
Mitta Mitta River Rafting
Bendigo Trust Mine Tour
Phillip Island is well known for its daily Penguin Tour
A temperate climate makes for a relaxing holiday in The Murray
The Murray
The mighty Murray River forms the border between New South Wales and Victoria before heading south to the ocean. Unwind and enjoy the region's renowned slow food, wine, golf courses and temperate climate. Hire a houseboat and explore sandy beaches, bushland and red gum forests.
The natural wonder of the Gippsland Lakes
Gippsland
Gippsland is gourmet country, filled with wineries, cheese makers and fruit and berry farms. Explore the historic gold towns, maritime villages and bushwalking tracks. It is the perfect winter getaway for adventure lovers, offering snow sports, cycling, and dramatic coastal scenery.
High Country villages provide boutique accommodation and gourmet food and wine
High Country
The beautiful High Country is a snow-lover’s paradise in winter and perfect for lovers of nature, adventure and history the rest of the year. With huge swathes of mountain wilderness, the High Country is where you’ll find forests of gum trees, rocky outcrops and rapid streams. Nature here is best experienced on foot, by bike, on horseback or on the water, canoeing the many rivers. Visitors might see native wildlife such as kangaroos, koalas or even the shy platypus and wildflowers are abundant in spring and summer
The Grampians mounatins are a great for nature-lovers to explore
Grampians
The Grampians region is only three hours from Melbourne and includes the spectacular folded sandstone mountains, offering bush walking, Aboriginal art and great rock-climbing. There is also the spectacular journey within the region to Halls Gap.
Art, culture, history and heritage in the Goldfields
Goldfields
Victoria’s gold rushes of the mid-1800's have left a lasting legacy on the Goldfields region, most evident in the streetscapes of Ballarat, Bendigo, Maldon and Dunnolly. In Ballarat, re-live the gold mining era at Sovereign Hill, or take in a guided tour of the Central Deborah Gold Mine in Bendigo.
One of the most scenic coastal drives in th world - The Great Ocean Road
Great Ocean Road
One of the world’s great drives is from Melbourne to Adelaide via the Great Ocean Road. The Victorian section of the route stretches from Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula to the South Australian border. Along with amazing views, there are plenty of opportunities to stop en route for bushwalking, swimming, surfing and whale watching. Along the coast there are waterfalls and shipwrecks, boardwalks to wander at the Twelve Apostles, London Bridge, Bay of Islands and Loch Ard Gorge. Cape Otway is also worth a stop, being the most southerly point of the great ocean road that boasts Australia’s oldest lighthouse opened in 1848.
Daily Pelican Feeding at San Remo is a great activity for families
Phillip Island
The island lies just to the east of the Mornington Peninsula in Australian Victoria State and is one of the most important Victoria’s destinations. It’s famous for annual motor cycle racing. Philip Island is a popular site for birdwatchers, bushwalkers, rock climbers, fishermen and surfers.
Bathing Boxes at Mornington Beach
Mornington Peninsula
The picturesque Mornington Peninsula is just an hour’s drive from Melbourne but you could easily think you'd travelled to Europe with its beautiful coastal landscape, olive groves to remind you of Italy, and plenty of pinot noir to pay homage to France. Sorrento and Portsea exude a sophisticated beachside lifestyle, with antique shops, galleries, cafes and a variety of coastal walking trails. Heading inland, visit boutique wineries where vineyard restaurants create gourmet dishes that suit their unique wines. The region is also noted for its markets, artist workshops, wineries, mazes, year-round events, championship golf courses and fresh produce.
Lush forests and hidden villages of the Dandenong Ranges National Park
Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges
Discover the beauty of this region, only an hour’s drive from Melbourne. The Yarra Valley is home to Victoria’s earliest vineyards and is one of the world’s great wine growing regions. Visit numerous cellar doors, taste the gourmet food and take a hot air balloon ride over the vines. The Dandenong Ranges area is full of parks, gardens and native fern forests. Climb aboard the Puffing Billy (Australia’s oldest steam train) and explore the beautiful gardens and art galleries.
Natural mineral springs make Daylesford a relaxing spa paradise
Daylesford and Macedon Ranges
Take a trip to Daylesford and live happily ever after. Just a stone's throw from Melbourne, stay in boutique accommodation, sample the mineral waters, explore antique shops and galleries, go boating on the lake, or relax with a glass of wine and enjoy fine dining. When will your fairytale start?
Melbourne River Cruise along the Yarra River
Melbourne
Melbourne is the second biggest and the most cosmopolitan of Australian cities. You will find it in various Greek, Italian, Japanese and Chinese vivant restaurants. Melbourne is known as well for sport, such as Australian Open Tennis Tournament, Formula One Grand Prix and Melbourne Cup Horse race.