Delve into the cosmopolitan sophistication and natural beauty of Victoria, journeying past elegant Melbournian arcades, sandstone peaks and the 12…
Australia is filled with fresh flavours, welcoming people and open spaces.
Hugging the tip of the Australian east coast, Victoria is Australia’s second-smallest state. Packed into such a compact area is a wealth of diverse regional areas and attractions, from sweeping coastline and pristine beaches to picturesque wineries and national parks teeming with wildlife.
Melbourne, the capital of Victoria, is known as Australia’s most stylish city, with a passion for food and wine, a vibrant arts scene and home to the nation’s major events and festivals.
Top 10 Things to See and Do:
1.Explore Melbourne’s laneways and uncover some of the city’s best restaurants, bars, boutiques and galleries
2.Melbourne is a melting pot of cuisine and a dining experience is not to be missed; from Chinatown to Michelin star chefs, there is something for everyone’s tastes
3. As the events capital of Australia, Melbourne has a year round calendar of world class sporting and cultural events, including the Australian Open every January
4. Explore the beaches of the Mornington Peninsula and the quaint seaside towns of Sorrento and Portsea
5. In the picturesque Yarra Valley, sample some of Australia’s finest Chardonnay, Syrah (or Shiraz as the locals call it!) and Pinot Noir.
6. Visit Phillip Island, home of the world famous Penguin Parade and other native wildlife attractions
7. Self-drive Australia’s most dramatic coastline, the Great Ocean Road, and witness the rugged splendor of the 12 Apostles that rise up majestically from the Southern Ocean
8. Take time out to visit Daylesford and relax and rejuvenate in the famous spa waters, luxury accommodation and delicious local food and wine.
9. Take an Aboriginal Heritage Walk at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne for a traditional and contemporary experience of this ancient culture
10. Step back into the Gold Rush Era and watch the hustle and bustle of an 1850s gold mining settlement at Sovereign Hill.
The Great Southern Touring Route takes in The Great Ocean Road, The Grampians and Daylesford in a self-drive touring loop from Melbourne. Allow a minimum of five days.