Nestled in the south-east of Australia is the state of Victoria, the smallest yet most densely populated state of the Australian Mainland. Particularly well-known for its bustling city, Victoria has much to offer beyond the beautiful city of Melbourne. Here are some amazing ideas of places to visit when you’re in Victoria!
Victoria is steeped in history, and this is one of the best self-drive experiences you’ll ever have. Resided by aborigines prior to the era of European settlements, you’ll find wildlife, historical influences and landmarks and the Australian outback through your self-drive adventures.
A recommended stop to experience the authentic Australian hospitality is at the Warrook Cattle Farm. The open fires perfect for a home-cooked barbecue feast is just the icing on the cake – try out boomerang throwing, shearing, feeding the lamb and hand milking the goats.
At Philip Island, Cape Woolamai welcomes you with thunderous crashing of waves against granite cliffs, portraying an epic juxtaposition of land and sea. Mornington Peninsula, one of Victoria’s most picturesque destinations is a must-visit spot when you’re there.
Located on three sides by the waters of Port Phillip Bay, Westernport Bay and Bass Strait, the Mornington Peninsula is surrounded by gently rolling hills, kilometers of sparkling bay beach, rugged surf beach and spectacular coastal scenery. It’s an amazing sight that’ll draw you in – you’ll never want to leave!
Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road offers an incredible drive through to many beautiful landscapes and picturesque scenery. It’s popular for anyone – whether you’re doing a tour or a self-drive adventure.
The spectacular coastline leading to Port Campbell and its famous 12 Apostles, a group of magnificent rock stacks rising up from the Southern Ocean, is one of the most important photo opportunities you must grab. You can walk down the 86 Gibson Steps to the beach for a ground-level view of the 12 Apostles.
Take plenty of time to stop at lookouts over the cliffs of the Loch Ard Gorge – you’ll never have enough of the magnificent views. Just beyond Port Campbell, the hauntingly beautiful Bay of Islands overlooks the horizon – another of nature’s beauty you’ll never forget. For the best views of this beguiling coastline, take to the skies on a helicopter tour.
From koalas to fur seals, to emus to waterbirds and even the blue whales – a self-drive adventure offers you the option to stay for as long as you want at whichever spot that captivates you most. If you’re a surfing enthusiast, the surfer in you will love the coastal draw. It’s the freedom that adds to the romance of the adventure – let us kick start your adventurous plans here!
Family Tour Fun
If you are looking to tour with your family and prefer the planning be left to us, a Melbourne Family Fun arrangement would suit you perfectly! Without the need to worry about the drive, we’ll bring you through the great adventures and more!
For a thoroughly captivating view of Australian wildlife, we’ll visit Maru Koala and Animal Park where you get to interact up close with Australia’s wildlife. At Philip Island, we’ll head to Nobbies where one of Australia’s largest fur seal population resides.
We’ll of course visit the world-renowned Melbourne Aquarium and enter amazing seaworlds filled with beautiful and unique aquatic animals. The awe-inspiring 2.2 million litre Oceanarium within houses a wide variety of sharks including the grey nurse sharks. It’s a great experience that will also be educational for your young ones.
Melbourne skiing and other adventures
If these are still not getting you excited, maybe you’d like a different season to travel. Winter skiing through Victoria’s snowfields could be an option, where you get to enjoy some adrenalin-pumping ski slopes. Read more about Victoria’s magical skiing adventures here.
It’s amazing what you can find in Victoria when it comes to tantalizing your taste buds. Don’t miss the experience of wine tastings at some of the best wineries and relax over a lovely lunch with a glass of wine with Mornington Peninsula Wine, Cheese or even Chocolate when you’re in Mornington Peninsula.
At Phillip Island Vineyard & Winery, its beautiful rural location with views over Bass Strait and Berry’s Beach just adds to the whole gourmet experience. Sip through their signature, Estate Pinot Noir or a Estate chardonnay with a delicious platter of smoked trout or homemade dips!
Find out more about what Victoria has to offer here!
No matter what you choose, you’ll find Melbourne an enchanting place to be at. Any holiday that brings smiles to your face and beautiful memories you’ll cherish is definitely a vacation you shouldn’t delay – and we’re sure Melbourne will do just that!
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