Enjoy the Great Ocean Walk at Sunset. This is one of Australia's great walks. Photo: Tourism Australia
Where is Victoria?

Welcome to Victoria

Welcome to Victoria, which is perched on the South East Coast of Australia. Victoria offers every experience possible, from the thriving trendy city with all the trimmings, to an eclectic mix of wineries, mountains and snowfields, rugged coast lines, to gold fields, and rare wildlife.

Even better is that everything in Victoria is within easy reach - so you never really have to travel far to get to the next big thing. As for how to get there, there's a great public transport network making it easy to get to where you want to be.

So let's dig a little deeper and get your Victoria trip planner.

Welcome to Melbourne - Victoria's capital city
MELBOURNE is a hip city boasting the best food, fashion, museums and culture, and attracts many international events including the Australian Open Tennis, the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, and the Melbourne Cup (that attracts the best race horses from all over the world). There’s international music, film, writing and comedy festivals and range of eclectic events.

Melbourne shopping

Go shopping in Melbourne. Photo: Tourism Australia
South of Melbourne

South West from Melbourne is Geelong and Bellarine and The Great Ocean Road where you’ll find stunning seaside villages, rainforests, wildlife and wineries.
  • The Great Ocean Road is one of the world’s most scenic drives in the world – stretching more than 400 km along the Victorian coast. It is famous for the ‘Twelve Apostles’ which are limestone stacks on the edge of the ocean. Don’t do this trip in a day…you’ll miss out on so much, and there are plenty of towns to visit and places to stay.
The 12 Apostles in Victoria

The 12 Apostles. Photo: Tourism Australia
South East from Melbourne you'll discover the Mornington Peninsula and Phillip Island. The Mornington Peninsula is just an hours drive from Melbourne and located on the coast.
Beachgoers enjoying the Mornington Peninsula
Beach life on the Peninsula. Photo: Tourism Australia
  • Be sure to include the Mornington Peninsula in your Victoria trip planner. Soak up the many beautiful seaside villages. Cool off at the beach, swim with the dolphins or go for a walk. Soak up the delicious local cuisine, explore the galleries and spas, and taste test the boutique wineries at Red Hill and Main Ridge. Make sure to head to Portsea and catch a glimpse of the million dollar mansions of the rich and famous.
  • Phillip Island is 90 minutes from Melbourne and has a colony of little penguins (also known as fairy penguins), pelicans and sleepy koalas. It is also home to Australia’s largest fur seal colony. Phillip Island also hosts the annual Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix each October. Hard to believe two very different worlds can co-exist together.
Other Phillip Island activities include:
Penguin Parade at Phillip Island
Penguins on Phillip Island. Photo: Tourism Australia
  • take a boat ride to Seal Rocks and watch Australia's largest fur seal colony at play against the backdrop of the rugged cliffs. 
West of Melbourne
  • Head West of Melbourne and you’ll discover the nearby Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges. Daylesford is renowned for its mineral waters and health and wellness spas. that improve your overall health. Nearby is the Macedon Ranges which was made famous by the book and movie mystery “Picnic at Hanging Rock’.‚Äč
Soak away in the Hot springs. Photo: Tourism Australia
Experience the Goldfields. Photo: Tourism Australia
  • Further West is the Goldfields in the town of Ballarat, which is about 90 minutes from Melbourne. This town is steeped in grand architecture and history, has antique stores, wineries and Aboriginal rock water wells. This is your chance to re-live Australia’s gold rush boom of the mid 1800’s at Sovereign Hill, Ballarat. You can also try your hand at 'panning for gold'. 
  • Keep heading West to the breathtaking Grampians sandstone mountains and nature reserves. Go hiking, rock climbing, fishing or canoeing in The Grampians and see stunning wildlife and wild flowers and Aboriginal art sites. This area is also one of Australia’s famous wine growing regions, so be sure to visit some cellar doors and sample their goods.

Hike the Grampians. Photo: Tourism Australia
East of Melbourne
Hot air ballooning in the Yarra Valley
Hot air balloon in the Yarra. Photo: Tourism Australia

Head East from Melbourne to the Yarra Valley, Dandenong Ranges, and further out is the Gippsland.
  • The Yarra Valley is one of Australia’s acclaimed wine regions so take your time to explore what the local grapes produce. There’s also a great selection of cafes and restaurants serving up mouthwatering dishes. Why not take the Puffing Billy steam railway to the Yarra or float high in the sky in a hot air balloon over the Yarra.
  • Go wandering through the Dandenong Ranges which is transformed into snow fields between June to September. This winter wonderland has 30 kilometres of ski trails. In the other months, go bushwalking or mountain bike riding.
  • Further East is the Gippsland region that is filled with beautiful rivers, lakes, forests and snowfields. A must see is Wilsons Promontory National Park with its striking granite peaks, and local flora and fauna.
Wilsons Promontory National Park in Victoria
Visit Wilsons Prom. Photo: Tourism Australia
North of Melbourne

Taste the Yarra Valley. Photo: Tourism Australia

Head North from Melbourne to the high country and the Murray.
  • High Country features national parks, mountains, lakes, vineyards and boutique wineries, and gourmet food trails and restaurants. During winter, the High Country is home to Mount Buller, Falls Creek and Mount Hotham ski resorts. In warmer months, these mountains are the playground for bushwalking, horseriding, cycling, scenic driving and fishing.
Take a paddle steamer up to Murray or hire your own houseboast and explore this long winding river. Drop off along the way and splash around on the river beaches. You’ll also be able to indulge in some of the most delicious locally grown and foods and wines. This is also the place to find music, food and wine festivals. Of you're a golder - you'll love the local fairways.
Hire a houseboat and head up the Murray River
Cruise the Murray River. Photo: Tourism Australia