Victoria Destination Guide
At the base of the eastern coast of mainland Australia, Victoria boasts areas as diverse as alpine villages, coastal towns and natural mineral springs, as well as the popular city destination of Melbourne. Known as Australia's 'Garden State', this verdant region is a drawcard for foodies, surfers, sporting tragics, culture vultures and discerning shoppers of all ages.
With a reputation as the destination for creative pursuits in Australia, the European-style city of Melbourne comprises multicultural enclaves from various waves of migration which have each imparted their mark on the various cuisines on offer and the community at large. Melbourne also boasts a vibrant bar scene where you can discover hidden spots for a bite or a drink down laneways, on rooftops and in basement venues. Pop-up shops and designer boutique entice shoppers to the CBD and high streets of inner-city areas, and there's plenty of festivals and events celebrating art, culture, sport, cinema and music throughout the year.
Further afield, a visit to Victoria must include a trip down the Great Ocean Road. This coastal route takes in the 12 Apostles, the famous surfer destination of Bells Beach and charming seaside villages while you make your way from Geelong to Nelson.
During the winter months, the alpine resort towns of Mt Buller, Hotham and Falls Creek provide prime conditions for skiers and snowboarders as one of the few areas in Australia where it snows. The High Country also offers a wealth of niche wineries and gourmet restaurants to tantalise the taste buds all year round. Gourmands will also be spoilt for choice in the Dandenongs and Yarra Valley region of Victoria with numerous vineyards and wineries to discover and sample your way through.
Overindulged? Head to the relaxing natural springs of Daylesford for pampering spa retreats and take in the stunning vistas of the lush forests of the Macedon Ranges. Victoria is also known for its historic attractions where tales abound of bushrangers and gold rush prospectors trying to make their fortune. The historic towns of Ballarat, Bendigo and Castlemaine are a veritable treasure trove of memorabilia from Australia's version of the Wild West.
Whether you choose to immerse yourself in cultural activities or a relaxing mineral spa, or hit the ski slopes or feel the breeze in your hair driving down the Great Ocean Road, a holiday in Victoria offers myriad options for the best balance of the great outdoors and indoor pursuits.