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Victoria

Victoria

The state of Victoria can truly be said to offer something for everyone. A trip along the Great Ocean Road offers some of the most majestic coastal scenery to be found anywhere, while winemaking also proves to be a top attraction in places such as the Yarra Valley. But perhaps Victoria’s top attraction is the simultaneously eclectic and cosmopolitan city of Melbourne. Australia’s second-largest city, the capital of Australia’s “Garden State” and equally as cosmopolitan as its northern neighbor Sydney, Melbourne is a surprising blend of European elegance and new-world style.

Victoria’s comprehensive road network makes seeing the region’s diverse sights a breeze to navigate. Recently voted one of the world’s most beautiful drives, a favorite stretch of blacktop is the famed Great Ocean Road, which winds its way for 106km, hugging Victoria’s dramatic coastline. A short trip to Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula is rewarded with magnificent coastal views, luxurious European-style country retreats and a plethora of activities; from a variety of water sports and golfing options, to wine tasting, antiquing and wandering lively markets and grand gardens.
Victoria

Locations

Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road

A touching monument to those who died in World War I, Australia’s Great Ocean Road is one of the most dazzling drives in the world.  Drift past windswept beaches and towering eucalypt forests before stopping at a lookout to witness the sun setting over intriguing rock formations in Port Campbell National Park.  Lunch in laidback coastal towns, or travel to Port Fairy and discover the seaside settlement’s maritime past.  The experiences awaiting you are as varied as the landscapes with which you will become enamored.
Melbourne

Melbourne

Melbourne the world’s “Most Livable City” going on its third year is Australia’s second largest city, but is second to none when it comes to fashion, festivals and Aussie Rules football. Visitors come for its shopping, restaurants and nightlife, but residents stay for its cultural diversity, passion for the arts and enviable sports calendar.

While traveling in beautiful Melbourne, catch a tram to trendy Southgate, rub shoulders with locals at the Queen Victoria Market or take in a show at the ornate Princess Theatre. For a break from the hustle and bustle, canoe down the lovely Yarra River or stroll through the Royal Botanic Garden – perfect experiences to get to know the real Melbourne.
Yarra Valley

Yarra Valley

One of the world’s great wine growing regions is only a stone's throw away from Melbourne.  The one hour drive though ancient mountain ranges and fern-filled gullies is almost as tantalizing as the tastings of handcrafted wines from over 40 Australian wineries that await your arrival.  Nature buffs will appreciate the twisting trails and abundant birdlife, while kids will enjoy the thrill of getting close to dingoes and kangaroos at Healesville Sanctuary Wildlife Park.  Art lovers can wander amongst the clay sculptures of Aboriginal figures at William Rickett’s, or watch artists at work at the remarkable Monstsalvat artist’s colony and gallery.