TRAVEL VICTORIA Whether you love the arts or the call of the great outdoors, Victoria has something for you. The state is packed with scenic, cultural and artistic attractions – from amazing public spaces and state-of-the-art museums to heritage sites and rare wildlife. Discover the cafes and bars of Melbourne’s gothic laneways where a whole new art scene is growing and thriving. Or maybe drive the Great Ocean Road for its picturesque views and friendly coastal towns. Wind your way through the wineries of the Yarra Valley sampling some of the best vino Australia has to offer, or take your chances on the Perisher Blue mountain ranges. Swim with dolphins on Mornington Peninsula and see fairy penguins on Phillip Island. You could even trek the rugged Grampians relaxing afterwards with a nice cold beer. Whatever you fancy doing, you can do it in Victoria!
Free Melbourne Attractions:
There’s a dizzying array of exciting, free activities in Melbourne including:
1. Federation Square
2. The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
3. ACMI- Australian Centre for the Moving Image
4. Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
5. Queen Victoria Market
6. Crown Casino Complex
7. Melbourne’s Lanes & Arcades
8. Melbourne’s Docklands
9. St. Kilda Beach
10. NGV International
As Australia’s smallest mainland state, Victoria is ideal for self-driving or short breaks.
Popular day trip destinations and easy self-drive or day tour from Melbourne include:
Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges
Home to over 70 wineries just over an hour from Melbourne, the Yarra Valley is understandably one of Victoria’s most popular day tour destinations.
Smack in the middle of the region is Healesville Sanctuary, one of the best places in Australia to go toe-to-toe with a dingo, kangaroo or a wombat, whatever your preference.
Less than 90 minutes from Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula offers a myriad of attractions and activities including:
• Scuba diving and explore shipwrecks or corals;
• swimming with Port Phillip Bay’s friendly dolphins;
• horse riding along windswept beaches;
• wine tasting at one of the many local wineries
• soaking in thermal hot springs at Peninsula Hot Springs.
Victoria’s wildlife haven, home to one of Australia’s most popular wildlife attractions, the Phillip Island Penguin Parade. Phillip Island is also home to the largest colony of Australian fur seals at Seal Rocks, over 16,000, as well as an abundance of Koalas at the Koala Conservation Centre.
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Great Ocean Road
Victoria’s most iconic region, the Great Ocean Road is renowned as one of the world’s most scenic drives. There’s plenty to do and see along the Great Ocean Road, including Learning to surf at patrolled beaches, including the famous Bells Beach; catching a glimpse of a whale in Warrnambool between July and September, zip-lining or abseiling through the treetops at the Otway Fly Tree Top Walk, complete the Great Ocean Walk, and of course, viewing the famous 12 Apostles (possibly by helicopter!)
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