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From rugged coastal cliffs to world-class wineries, breathtaking landscapes to a bustling capital city, Victoria is a great destination for any type of holiday.
Victoria features many diverse regions from Melbourne, to the natural mineral springs area of Daylesford to the famous wine growing region of the Yarra Valley. Read about Victoria's regions below.
Melbourne and Surrounds
Melbourne and its surrounds are set around the shores of Port Phillip Bay. Just 5 kms from the bay, the Melbourne CBD offers something for everyone from fashionable clothing stores to buzzing laneway cafes, elegant Victorian-era architecture to modern skyscrapers, bustling streets to a relaxing seat by the Yarra River.
Visit a gallery, catch a musical, attend the next major sporting event or go shopping. For spectacular city views, head to the Rialto or the Eureka Skydeck.
To enjoy the city from a distance, visit Williamstown. Just 13 kms from Melbourne, Williamstown is a historic maritime town which features waterfront cafes, restaurants and specialty shops.
No visit to Melbourne would be complete without visiting St Kilda. Many people flock to the St Kilda foreshore to skate, cycle or walk along the palm tree lined foreshore. Have a coffee or something to eat in one of the many alfresco cafes.
Yarra Valley and the Dandenong Ranges
Just a short trip from Melbourne, indulge in the Yarra Valley. The Yarra Valley features world-class wineries, spectacular mountain views and a friendly ambience. On the first Sunday of every month, the Healesville Racecourse Harvest and Craft Market offers an array of locally made food and other products.
Close by, the Dandenong Ranges boast spectacular views across the Yarra Valley from Mt Dandenong and a range of towns, each worthy of visiting for their unique shops, cafes and atmosphere. Puffing Billy, a century old steam train, is a popular attraction among kids of all ages.
While in the Yarra Valley, also visit Healesville, Lake Mountain, Marysville, Olinda and Warburton.
Driving along the coastline of the Mornington Peninsula, you'll think you've travelled far away from the city. However, just an hour or two from the Melbourne CBD, the Peninsula is a popular destination with great beaches easily accessible on Port Phillip Bay, Western Port Bay and Bass Strait.
The Mornington Peninsula also features 50 wineries open for cellar door sales, many with restaurants set in beautifully landscaped gardens or on terraces overlooking the vines. Towns in this region range from Frankston, to Mornington, Sorrento, Rosebud and Flinders, across to French Island.
Being close to the bay, also makes the Mornington Peninsula ideal for every type of water sport you could wish for, including scuba diving, fishing and sea kayaking.
Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges
One hour north-west of Melbourne, Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges is renowned for its thriving arts and crafts community and award winning food and wine.
Home to the largest concentration of naturally occurring mineral springs in Australia, the Daylesford and Hepburn Springs area is a great place to relax with many spas and massage therapists. There are also great places to eat with much of the food served, locally grown.
In nearby Macedon Ranges, see the impressive mansions and some of Victoria's finest gardens. Visit the legendary Hanging Rock, the spooky backdrop to the book and the film of the same name.
Phillip Island is located 150 kms south-east of Melbourne. Accessible by car via San Remo, Phillip Island is a popular beach holiday destination which comes alive with activity in the warmer months. Take a stroll down the main street stopping to browse in the shops or for a bite to eat in one of the cafes or restaurants.
Phillip Island is best known for its Penguin Parade and seal colony, The Nobbies. It is also the home of the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix every October.
Great Ocean Road
Hugging tightly to the coast, the Great Ocean Road offers spectacular views of rugged cliffs facing out to Bass Strait and the Southern Ocean. From Torquay to Allansford (near Warrnambool), travel the 243 kms along this magnificent trail along the coast of Victoria.
As you travel, stop into one or more of the 100 towns along the Great Ocean Road or simply pull over at one of the vantage points to absorb the magnificent beauty of coastal Victoria. Towns in the Great Ocean Road region include Geelong, Queenscliff, Torquay, Lorne, Colac, Apollo Bay, Port Campbell, Warrnambool, Port Fairy and Portland.
Highlights along the Great Ocean Road include waterfalls, the Twelve Apostles, Cape Otway and Bells Beach.
Located in north-east Victoria, the High Country features scenic alpine landscapes, abundant outdoor activities, gourmet food and wine and a captivating history of bushrangers and gold.
See the tree-lined streets and cafe culture of Bright or visit one of the acclaimed wineries in Rutherglen. Explore the place of Ned Kelly's final siege in Glenrowan or the fascinating historical architecture of Beechworth.
The High Country is home to Victoria's best snowfields include Mt Buller, Mt Hotham and Falls Creek. In the warmer months, the area remains popular for a range of outdoor activities which include four-wheel driving, mountain biking, horse riding and hiking.
Gippsland covers a large rural region of Victoria, stretching from the east of Melbourne to the coast of Victoria and all the way to the New South Wales border.
Rising from sea level at Bairnsdale to Victoria's highest peaks of Mt Bogong and Mt Feathertop the Great Alpine Road tours through forests and national parks.
Get back to nature at the southern most point of mainland Australia, Wilson's Promontory. Enjoy the secluded beaches, cool fern gullies and spectacular views. Other places to visit in this region include Gippsland Lakes, Inverloch, Lakes Entrance, Mallacoota, Metung, Mt Baw Baw, Omeo, Paynesville, Port Albert, Sale, Traralgon, Walhalla, Wonthaggi and Yarragon.
Meandering its way through picturesque townships and rolling countryside of Victoria and New South Wales, the Murray River is a great place to explore and relax.
Visit the fruit growing region of Mildura, explore colonial history at Swan Hill or take a relaxing ride on a paddle steamer as you take in the natural beauty of the mighty Murray River. Go fishing at Lake Mulwala or enjoy the large regional cities of Albury and Wodonga.
For more information on any of these regions, please visit the official Victoria tourism website, Visit Victoria.
Book accommodation in Victoria
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Plan your trip before you go with our handy selection of links. This list gives you some of our favourite websites, providing you with a wide variety of information on Victoria.
Victoria tourism information
- Visit Victoria
Tourism Victoria's official website
- Melbourne toll roads (CityLink)
Useful information about toll roads in Melbourne
- Great Ocean Road
Destinations, highlights and information
- That's Melbourne
Comprehensive information on Melbourne
- Visit the Yarra Valley
Information on visiting the Yarra Valley
- Batman's Hill on Collins (Melbourne)
- Cosmopolitan Hotel (St Kilda)
- Grampians Gardens Tourist Park (Halls Gap)
- Hotel Urban (St Kilda)
- Merool on the Murray (Holiday park on the Murray River)
- Prom Central Caravan Park (Foster)
- BIG4 Holiday Parks (Multiple locations)
- Central Deborah Mine
Take a tour of a Bendigo gold mine
- Luna Park (St Kilda)
Visit the rides and attractions at Melbourne's historic amusement park
- Melbourne River Cruises
Take a cruise on the Yarra River
- Peninsula Hot Springs
Relax in natural hot springs on the Mornington Peninsula
- R Bar (Port Melbourne)
Restaurant close to the Melbourne terminal
- The Local (Port Melbourne)
Pub close to the Melbourne terminal
- Yarra Valley Winery Tours
Experience the best food and wine of the Yarra Valley
What's on in Victoria
Find out what's on in Victoria below. From sporting events to grape grazing, Victoria is set to impress!
Melbourne Film Festival
31 Jul 2014 - 17 Aug 2014 , Melbourne
An annual showcase of the widest possible range of outstanding film making from Australia and around the world.
Photograph: Paul Clifton
AFL Finals Series
5 Sep 2014 - 27 Sep 2014 , Melbourne
Don't miss the spectacular crescendo of 23 weeks of fantastic competition in the 2014 AFL Finals Series.
Melbourne Fringe Festival
17 Sep 2014 - 5 Oct 2014 , Melbourne
Featuring innovative performances across all art forms including theatre, dance, comedy and visual arts.
Spring Racing Carnival
22 Sep 2014 - 25 Nov 2014 , Various locations
From late September to mid-November, close to three quarters of a million people from around Australia (and around the world) meet at the Spring Racing Carnival. Victoria is gripped by racing fever and becomes the international epicentre of thoroughbred racing.
10 Oct 2014 - 26 Oct 2014 , Various venues, Federation Square, Melbourne
Melbourne Festival is one of the world's leading arts festivals and Australia's premier celebration of art and culture from around the world.
Queenscliff Music Festival
28 Nov 2014 - 30 Nov 2014 , Princess Park, Queenscliff
Celebrating its 18th year in 2014, the Queenscliff Music Festival is one of Australia's great festival experiences. A family-friendly event much loved for its depth and diversity of musical talent, the festival is located in classic Queenscliff, just over an hour's drive from Melbourne.
Boxing Day Test
26 Dec 2014 - 30 Dec 2014 , Melbourne Cricket Ground
The traditional Boxing Day Test at the MCG is the most anticipated cricket match each year in world cricket. This year, Australia take on India.
Australian International Airshow
24 Feb 2015 - 1 Mar 2015 , Avalon
The Australian International Airshow is a biennial event held across six days at Avalon Airport near Geelong. Get close to the action to see more than 500 aircraft on ground and in the air.
Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
27 Feb 2015 - 15 Mar 2015 , Melbourne
Melbourne Food and Wine Festival - Australia's internationally acclaimed celebration of food and wine.
6 Mar 2015 - 9 Mar 2015 , Alexandra Gardens & Birrarung Marr, Melbourne
A celebrated part of the Melbourne events calendar for over 60 years, Moomba will be back in 2015 with an exciting program of free events and family entertainment, making Melbourne the ideal place to be for the Labour Day long weekend in March.
Formula One Australian Grand Prix
12 Mar 2015 - 15 Mar 2015 , Albert Park
The Formula One Australian Grand Prix offers an action-packed extravaganza of on-track and off-track activities for people of all ages to enjoy.
Melbourne Fashion Festival
14 Mar 2015 - 22 Mar 2015 , Melbourne
L'Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival is the largest and most successful consumer fashion event in Australia. LMFF has established a vital resource to the fashion industry within the realms of marketing, promotion and exchanging of ideas.
Melbourne International Comedy Festival
25 Mar 2015 - 19 Apr 2015 , Melbourne
An annual event, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival literally takes over Australia's comedy capital, Melbourne, each autumn with an enormous program of stand-up comedy, cabaret, theatre, street performance, film, television, radio and visual arts.
International Flower and Garden Show
25 Mar 2015 - 29 Mar 2015 , Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne
The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, at the World Heritage Listed Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens, is set to return with an explosion of colour and design and after 19 years still remains the biggest annual flower and garden show in the Southern Hemisphere!
Good Food & Wine Show
5 Jun 2015 - 8 Jun 2015 , Melbourne
Treat your taste buds to a day of food and wine sampling, and live demonstrations by celebrity chefs and restaurateurs.