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.
Why not get the true alpine village experience in Victoria’s snowfields. There are two resorts, Mt Buller and Lake Mountain, which are easily accessible from Melbourne.
You could even trek the rugged Grampians relaxing afterward with a nice cold beer. Whatever you fancy doing, you can do it in Victoria!
Popular day trip destinations, and easy self-drive or day tour from Melbourne include:
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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Melbourne’s Ski Fields
With Victoria currently experiencing a fantastic ski season, now has never been a better time to visit Victoria’s ski fields, with ski fields Mt Buller and Lake Mountain, an easy day trip from Melbourne.
Victoria’s major ski resorts Mount Buller, Mount Hotham, Mount Buffalo and Falls Creek are regarded among the best in the country and offer downhill ski and snowboard runs, tobogganing and cross-country treks.
Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, there’s a resort to suit you. Lake Mountain is strong on mountain sports like cross-country skiing, and Mt Buller has a big mountain feel with lodges and luxury hotels. Mount Hotham is definitely the place for serious powder freaks, and if you want it all, then Falls Creek is great at combining the lot.
For more information on Victoria’s ski fields, visit www.skivic.com