Hugging the tip of the Australian east coast, Victoria is Australia’s second-smallest state, covering 227,600 square kilometres – roughly the size of the British Isles. Victoria’s capital, Melbourne sits on the Yarra River and around the shores of Port Phillip Bay. Lauded for its sense of style and elegance, Melbourne boasts glamorous festivals and events, Australia’s best shopping, a lively passion for eating and drinking, and a flourishing interest in the arts. Restored and preserved nineteenth-century architecture which was built following the discovery of gold, provides a heady reminder of a prosperous age, while beautifully tended parks and gardens present a therapeutic respite from the pace of city life.
Packed into such a compact area is a wealth of diverse regional areas and attractions, from sweeping coastline and pristine beaches to national parks and forests teeming with wildlife, wineries, lakes and mountains offering skiing, climbing and hiking. Best of all, many of Victoria’s unique and varied landscapes are easily accessible as day trips from Melbourne.
Many people travel within Victoria for its natural attractions, history, local food and wine, or to participate in the major sporting, fashion and cultural events. Food and wine lovers know the state for its superb fresh produce extensive wineries, gourmet food producers and award-winning restaurants. For an overwhelming choice of ﬁne food, take a scenic drive through the Yarra Valley near Melbourne or around the Milawa Gourmet Region.