find just about everything in Victoria: untouched eucalypt rainforests,
sandy beaches, the Victorian Alps and desert plateau. You'll also
find the dazzling and cosmopolitan city of Melbourne, some of the
best winemakers in the world, and towns which offers an insight
into Australia's wild past.
the smallest mainland state in the south-eastern corner of the continent,
shows the many faces of Australia. Melbourne, its capital, lies directly
on the shores of Port Phillip Bay and offers easy access to the many different
experiences Victoria brings to the visitor.
like the Victorian Alps in the east and the Grampians in the west contrast
with coastal areas. Distant desert plateau in the north-west, fertile
river valleys of the Murray in the north, and untouched eucalypt and rainforests
offer more opportunities for travellers. An excellent highway network
and plentiful accommodation - whether hotel, B&B or camping area -
allow you to be in a new, breathtaking world every few hours.
the Alps, desert, fertile
river and rainforest
was discovered here in the 1860s, attracting people of many different
nationalities. They brought their customs with them, creating a rich diversity
in lifestyle. Some of these early settlers established vineyards which
still produce some of Australia's finest wines. Within an hour, you reach
the Yarra Valley in the east or the Mornington Peninsula to the south
where excellent wines and food are produced.
"Modern" Gold diggers
the cultural capital of Australia, is known for the good things
in life - fashion, food, entertainment and sport as well as superb
gardens and parks. It is also a city of contrasts, famous for its
trams and elegant treelined boulevards, set against a backdrop of
fine Victorian architecture and sweeping modern skyscrapers.
3.2 million people live in Melbourne.
Airport (Tullamarine) is 20 km northwest of the city.
extensive city and suburban tram, bus and train network operates daily.
City Explorer links the major attractions in the city. Alight and rejoin
this bus as you please.
free City Circle Tram travels around Melbourne's city centre daily.
climate is temperature. Melbourne enjoys four distinct seasons. Average
temperature: summer 25oC max, 14oC min; winter
15oC max, 6oC min. Water temperatures: summer
21.5oC, winter 10.5oC.
Do Not Miss
Observation Deck has stunning panoramic view over the city and Port
a boat ride on the Yarra for a scenic journey down river.
a smorgasbord of events, including Australian Open tennis (January);
Grand Prix motor racing; Rip Curl pro surfing (March); Melbourne International
Film Festival (July); Australian Football League Grand Final (September);
Melbourne Cup (November).
window shopping in Australia's shopping capital. Be sure to visit Southgate,
South Yarra, and the fashionable Collins Street. Don't go past Queen
Victoria Market for their variety, cosmopolitan flair and bargains.
for a walk in one of the many parks or visit Melbourne Zoo with its
naturalistic landscape exhibits. Enjoy music on selected summer evenings
when jazz is played on the lawns.
the international cuisine accompanied by Victorian wine.
Queen Victoria Market
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National Public Holidays
Jan New Years Day
Jan Day in Lieu for New Years Day
Jan Australia Day
Apr Good Friday
Apr Easter Monday
Apr Anzac Day
Jun Queens Birthday
Dec Christmas Day
Dec Boxing Day
Victorian Public Holidays
Mar Labour Day
07 Nov Melbourne Cup
information is correct at time of printing, however is subject to
Public Holidays that fall over the weekend, will be celebrated the
following business day.