Victoria located in the south-east of Australia, with the capital city of Melbourne sited along the banks of the Yarra River, is said to be a beautiful cosmopolitan city, dripping with European style, art and culture, and a very popular destination.
With an international and domestic airport in Melbourne, it is a popular way to visit this bustling Capital City of Melbourne, especially for those coming to experience the many international festivals and sporting events at the multiple sports venues. In fact Melbourne is considered by many as the sports capital of Australia, being home to Australian Rules football and the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground.
With a warren of 19th-century ‘laneways’, a central arts precinct, theatres, great cafes and restaurants, fabulous food both local, national and international cuisine, wonderful shopping, pubs, bars and night life, there is no shortage of things to see and do.
Of course to really experienced Victoria, you need to go beyond the confines of the capital city. Encompassing mountains, national parks, wineries, surfing beaches and historical destinations, there is certainly plenty to enjoy.
Along the Victorian southern border, visitors can smell the ocean, where the land dramatically falls into the tumultuous seas of Bass Strait, and witness the wild Southern Ocean carving the coastline, earning its nickname as the ‘Shipwreck Coast’. Along this coastline is the internationally renowned ‘The Great Ocean Road‘, a driving trail that follows the coast west to Port Campbell National Park, and the sight of the limestone stacks on the edge of the ocean, known as the ‘Twelve Apostles’ (although there are now only eight left). Of course this drive takes in some other spectacular sights including London Bridge, The Grotto and Loch Ard Gorge.
Victoria also boasts some of Australia’s most spectacular national parks, gardens, and scenery including the Grampians National Park, Wilson Promontory National Park, the High Country and the Alpine National Park.
History can also be found throughout the state, with the Ballarat and Bendigo regions famous for their early gold rushes and the wonderful historic buildings, stories, and songs left behind as a legacy of these colonial settlements. These cities contributed a wealth not only in gold but history, to early Australia’s development and prosperity.
Take the time to enjoy the many attractions of Victoria, including the National Gallery of Victoria International, Federation Square and the Melbourne Museum. There are popular national parks and region from the Wilson’s Promontory, through to the Victorian Alpine country. There are other regions to savour including the Yarra Valley, Dandenong Ranges, Macedon Ranges, Murray River at Echuca, as well as the many villages and towns offering local arts and crafts, produce and festivals.
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Check out the following external tourism link for:
- Visit Victoria (official site for Melbourne, Victoria).
- Victoria’s Visitor Information Centres.
- Visit Victoria – Corporate (the primary tourism and events company for the State of Victoria in Australia).