Victoria boasts some of Australia’s greatest attractions. The most obvious is of course its capital, Melbourne. From chic fashion stores to buzzing laneway cafés and trendy bars, botanic gardens to sports stadiums, elegant Victorian-era streetscapes to Manhattan-style skyscrapers, film and food festivals to galleries and opulent theatres, Melbourne is a city with something for everyone.
From Melbourne, embark on a spectacular drive along the Great Ocean Road. Either drive along the coast to Adelaide or loop inland through the Grampians National Park before heading on to the coastal route back to Melbourne. Not only are the rugged mountain ranges of the Grampians an area of outstanding beauty, Aboriginal people have a strong cultural link to this area and there are many opportunities for viewing indigenous rock art sites.
Melbourne is also the stepping stone to Victoria’s other attractions. Daylesford has grown from a relatively unknown small country village into a chic destination for wellbeing experiences, fine food and wine, and boutique retreats. The rolling hills of Yarra Valley serves up world-class wines and local fresh produce to go with it. For some of Australia’s best sandy beaches, a picturesque harbour and cosmopolitan sidewalk cafés, catch the ferry across to Mornington Peninsula, a favourite holiday spot for Melbournians. On Phillip Island, get close to nature and watch penguins waddle down the beach. All of these diverse and amazing destinations are less than 2 hours drive from Melbourne.