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At the base of the eastern coast of mainland Australia, Victoria boasts areas as diverse as alpine villages, coastal towns and natural mineral springs, not to mention the popular capital city Melbourne. Known as Australia's "Garden State", this verdant region is a drawcard for foodies, surfers, sporting tragics, culture vultures, discerning shoppers alike - oh and Neighbours fans (the show is set within the streets of Melbourne ).

With a reputation as the go-to city for creative pursuits in Australia, the European-style city of Melbourne features enclaves shaped by various waves of migration which have each imparted their mark on the food culture and the community at large.

Melbourne also boasts a vibrant bar and nightlife scene where you can discover hidden spots for a bite or a drink down laneways, on rooftops and in basements. Pop-up shops and designer boutiques lure shoppers to the CBD and high streets of inner-city pockets. As if that wasn't enough, there's always plenty of festivals and events celebrating art, culture, sport, cinema and music throughout the year.

Further afield, a visit to Victoria must include a trip down the Great Ocean Road. This coastal route takes in the 12 Apostles, the famous surf destination Bells Beach and charming seaside villages from Geelong to Nelson. During the winter months, the alpine resort towns of Mt Buller, Hotham and Falls Creek provide prime conditions for skiers and snowboarders as only a few areas in Australia where it snows.

From surf to ski fields - VIC has it all!

The High Country also offers a wealth of niche wineries and gourmet restaurants to tantalise taste buds. Gourmands are spoilt for choice in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges region, home to countless vineyards and wineries.

Overindulged? Head to the relaxing natural springs of Daylesford or the Mornington Peninsula for pampering spa retreats and take in the stunning vistas of the lush forests and seascapes respectively. Victoria is also known for its historic attractions, where tales abound of bushrangers and gold rush prospectors trying to make their fortune. The historic towns of Ballarat, Bendigo and Castlemaine are a veritable treasure trove of memorabilia from Australia's version of the "Wild West".

Whether you choose to immerse yourself in cosmopolitan cultural activities, a relaxing mineral spa, hit the ski slopes or feel the ocean spray driving down the Great Ocean Road, a holiday in Victoria offers myriad options for the best balance of the great outdoors and indoor enjoyment.

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