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Photo: Yarra River and the City. Photo James Lauritz. Melbourne Australia

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Victoria Australia Tourist Guide

Although a younger state than New South Wales, Victoria is known for its sense of history. The arts, drama, sports (including the Australian Grand Prix) and literature are appreciated here and it shows. See Map of Victoria.

It is also known for lush farmlands, great wineries, ocean beaches, mountains, deserts and more than 30 national parks. All these places are within easy reach of Melbourne Australia, the state’s capital.

Covering more than 227,000 square kilometres, Victoria has both rugged coastline as well as long sandy beaches, some with famous surfing spots as well as sheltered coves.

Why Visit Victoria Australia

There are many reasons to visit Victoria, Australia. Here are a few of the most popular:

  • Melbourne: Melbourne is the capital of Victoria and is one of the most liveable cities in the world. It has a vibrant arts and culture scene, a thriving food and wine scene with plenty of things to see and do.
  • The Great Ocean Road: The Great Ocean Road is one of the most iconic coastal drives in the world. It winds its way along the coast of Victoria, past towering cliffs, dramatic rock formations and secluded beaches.
  • The Yarra Valley: The Yarra Valley is Victoria’s premier wine region. It’s home to hundreds of wineries, as well as restaurants, cafes and other attractions.
  • The Mornington Peninsula: The Mornington Peninsula is another popular tourist destination in Victoria. It’s home to beautiful beaches, wineries, and a variety of other attractions.
  • The Grampians National Park: The Grampians National Park is a rugged mountain range located in western Victoria. It’s home to a variety of wildlife, including kangaroos, wallabies and koalas.
  • These are just a few of the many reasons to visit Victoria, Australia. With its stunning scenery, vibrant cities and abundance of activities, Victoria has something to offer everyone.

    Victoria’s Best Places to Visit

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    Located on the shores of Port Phillip Bay and divided by the Yarra River, Melbourne Australia had its first European settlers arriving in 1835. Helped by the prolonged Gold Rush, the little village boomed and within 50 years became a teeming city:

    Capital of Victoria with Tourist Attractions Map Melbourne Australia

    Victoria State Regions

    The Gippsland - Ninety Mile Beach, National Parks, the Gippsland Lakes, fishing in crystal clear streams, untouched wilderness and much more. No exploration of Victoria’s coastal wilderness is complete without a visit to the Gippsland Lakes Region. Known for great fishing, beautiful national parks, mountain streams as well as for its wining and dining experiences:

    Exploring Gippsland Gippsland

    The Grampians Ranges - Known for its many stunning natural attractions, there are numerous walks and hikes to tour. Plenty of outdoor adventure, fishing, aboriginal sites and Australian heritage:

    Explore the Grampians Grampians Ranges

    Goldfields - Explore the historic gold towns, take a chance at discovering gold, enjoy great cuisine and see where the armed Australian rebellion took place in 1854:

    The Goldfields

    Visit the Goldfields The Goldfields

    Great Ocean Road & South West Coast - Winding from Geelong to the South Australia border is the Great Ocean Road - See more on The Great Ocean Road.

    Explore the Great Ocean Road Great Ocean Road

    Victoria High Country - This beautiful Alpine Region of Victoria has dramatic escarpments, stunning views, snow fields in winter and wonderful heritage to explore:

    Victoria Alpine Region High Country

    Macedon Ranges - Spa Country - Only a short distance from Melbourne, locals and overseas visitors enjoy the weekend and breaks away with 2 wine regions and luxury spas at Daylesford mineral springs:

    Macedon Ranges

    Visit the Macedon Ranges Macedon Ranges

    Mornington Peninsula - Also close to Melbourne is the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, with plenty of seaside villages offering great seafood. At the tip, is Portsea, getaway playground of the rich and famous:

    Mornington Peninsula

    Exploring the Mornington Peninsula Mornington Peninsula

    The Murray River - is Australia’s longest river. Hire a houseboat, enjoy the local fare and wines, play golf, take the family on a river cruise on a fully restored paddlesteamer. Sample many of the fine wines and the fresh local produce from the many diverse restaurants:

    The Murray River

    Travel the Murray Murray River

    Phillip Island - For sports, including of course the Phillip Island Raceway, wildlife and family fun, there is plenty of native fauna and flora to see, with places to exlore, surf and swim:

    Visit Phillip Island Phillip Island

    Yarra Valley - Less than an hour from Melbourne are 55 Australian wineries, with fine dining restaurants offering a great experience. There is plenty of native fauna in the surrounding Dandenongs and Ranges:

    Yarra Valley

    Travel the Yarra Valley Yarra Valley

    Victoria Coast

    The coast of Victoria has natural attractions, wonderful beaches, national parks, lakeways and stunning scenery:

    Touring the Victoria Coast

    Exploring the Coast Victoria Coast

    Attractions in Victoria

    For Victoria Museums and Victoria Attractions, see:


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