Discover the diversity and beauty of regional Victoria, from world-class wineries to natural springs, coastal villages, peninsulas and alpine towns. Drive one of the many scenic routes, pull on your walking boots and follow tracks and trails, or wander shops and produce markets.
Hugging the tip of Australia’s east coast, Victoria is Australia’s second-smallest state, covering 227,600 square kilometers – roughly the size of the British Isles.
A wealth of diverse regions and attractions are packed into this compact area, with sweeping coastlines, pristine beaches and national parks and forests teeming with wildlife, plus wineries, lakes and mountains offering skiing, climbing and hiking. Best of all, many of Victoria’s unique and varied landscapes are easily reached as day trips from Melbourne.
Seasons and climate
Despite the small size, Victoria’s climate varies across the state. The north has much drier and warmer weather than the south. Australia’s seasons are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere. The climate is warm to hot in summer (December to February), mild in autumn (March to May), crisp in winter (June to August), and cool in spring (September to November).
Victoria’s capital, Melbourne, sits on the banks of the Yarra River and around the shores of Port Phillip Bay. Melbourne boasts a packed program of festivals and events, Australia’s best and most stylish shopping, has a lively passion for eating and drinking, and supports a flourishing arts scene.
Melbourne and Victoria host some of Australia’s most prestigious events throughout the year, including the Spring Racing Carnival culminating in the Melbourne Cup in November, the Australian Open Tennis in January, Melbourne Food & Wine Festival and the Formula 1™ Australian Grand Prix in March, Melbourne International Comedy Festival March to April, international jazz, film and writers’ festivals May through September, and Melbourne Festival in October. Victoria also hosts an ever-changing schedule of blockbuster exhibitions from around the world.
Grand nineteenth-century architecture and elegant gardens, built following the discovery of gold, are a reminder of Victoria’s ‘Gold Rush’ past, while Aboriginal cultural landmarks and landscapes continue to connect Indigenous Australians from South Eastern Australia with a living cultural heritage dating back more than 60,000 years.
Winter Wonderlights 2019
29 Jun - 21 Jul
Marvel as Sovereign Hill turns into a snowy wonderland. Find Sir Ginger getting up to mischief on Main Street. Watch flames erupt from the Sovereign Hill chimney. Wander through fairy-lit laneways. Let our European street market tempt you.
Experience Melbourne & Beyond
There’s always something new to discover in Melbourne’s hive of bustling, creative laneways.
Around the Bay
Sample local wines and see historic villages, coastal scenery, and native wildlife around the bay.
Live the life of leisure and be as busy as you please at any of Melbourne’s fun-filled activities.
Find Melbourne’s best free attractions. Visit galleries, parks and markets and travel for free.
Food & Wine
Melbourne is a melting pot of cultures, a fact reflected in is restaurants, cafes, bistros and bars.
Fand-feed farm animals and indulge in farm to fork experiences with freshly collected eggs & harvested produce at FarmStays
Bring the kids and make the most of Victoria’s interactive museums and festivals, exhilarating outdoor adventures, and fascinating wildlife parks.
Puffing Billy Steam Railway
This century old steam train is still running on its original 25 kilometre mountain track from Belgrave to Gembrook, through the beautiful forests and fern gullies of the Dandenong Ranges.
Sovereign Hill brings to life the excitement of Australia’s great 1850s gold rushes. Sovereign Hill entry also includes entry to the Gold Museum which displays a beautiful exhibition of gold and Ballarat history.
Nature & wildlife
See little penguins and sleepy koalas in their natural habitat, teach the kids to swim on a quiet bay beach, and soak up all the action at the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.
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