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Area:227,600 sq km
Capital City:Melbourne
Time Zone:
GMT/UTC +10 (Eastern Standard Time)
State Dialling Code: 03
National Parks:4.1 million hectares 17% of the total land area
International Airport: Tullamarine, Melbourne
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About Victoria

Victoria is divided up into 11 diverse regions, including:

Victoria is Australia's second-smallest state about the size of the British Isles. Although small in comparison to the other states Victoria offers a broad range of national parks, wineries, sporting activities and landscapes.

Food and Wine

Melbourne has a well deserved reputation of being the restaurant capital of Australia. A diverse multicultural variety of cuisines, fabulous chefs and a lively cafe scene make Melbourne a must for the food lover.

Victoria boasts over 350 wineries. Enjoy tastings at the cellar door or dine at one of the many winery restaurants. The wines produced range from the cool-climate varieties of the Yarra Valley to the full bodied reds of Rutherglen.

Victoria has a large dairy industry with cattle feasting on lush pastures producing a wonderful range of cheeses.

Art and Culture

Blockbuster musicals, art exhibitions, and festivals are a part of every day life in Melbourne. Victoria also boasts a flourishing art scene, with numerous galleries housing both colonial and contemporary pieces, and small and an exceptional collection of museums.

If you are looking for something a little different visit the Melbourne Comedy Festival which showcases Australian comedians as well as attracting the top comedians world wide.

Regions

High Country
Known for it scenic alpine landscapes, lush valleys, and foothills the towns and villages of the high country offer fabulous wines and gourmet delights, festivals, an amazing history including bushrangers, horsemen and gold fossicking. During winter the region is home to Victoria’s snowfields, including Mount Buller, Mount Hotham and Falls Creek. in summer try mountain biking, bush walking and fly fishing. Read more

Gippsland
The Gippsland region is known for its Lakes and Wilderness which covers a diverse landscape including pristine beaches, towering gum trees and mountain ranges. Croajingolong National Park the jewel in the crown is recognised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) as a World Biosphere Reserve, encompassing more than 1,000 kilometres of pristine coastline and hinterland. Experience native wildlife or discover the farming country with its quality fresh local produce. There are also historical and maritime villages to explore. Visit Australia's southernmost point, Wilsons Promontory National Park. Read more

Yarra Valley
Less than an hour's drive from Melbourne the Yarra Valley is home to many villages surrounded by the natural beauty of towering mountain ash forests, exquisite valleys filled with grape vines and stunning parklands. Tour the famous Yarra Valley wineries or drive through towering trees and stop along the way to enjoy a Devonshire tea. Read more

Melbourne & Peninsulas
Melbourne, Victoria's capital, is located along the shores of Port Phillip Bay. The city itself resides next to the Yarra River. Melbourne is renowned world wide for its style, elegance, shopping, fine dining, festivals and events. Beautifully tended parks and gardens compliment the nineteenth-century architecture. Melbourne's Bays and Peninsulas region has numerous historical seaside villages to explore. Relax at one of the many restaurants or explore the shops and galleries. Read more

Macedon Ranges
Just one hour north-west of Melbourne, the rolling hills and farmland of Macedon Ranges and Spa Country are dotted with charming, historic towns, most of which are only a minutes apart.
Home to natural mineral spas and springs, the Hepburn Springs-Daylesford area is increasingly known as a centre for relaxation, as well as for its fine shopping and dining. Visit Mount Macedon with its impressive mansions, wineries and fine gardens and explore quaint towns and villages in the region. Click on the map below to see a more detailed map of the region. Read more

Great Ocean Road
Striking ocean views stretch along Victoria's rugged south west coast. Coastal towns and maritime villages offer the perfect place to stay. Enjoy swimming, surfing, fishing and whale watching. The great Ocean Road is also known for the famous natural features Twelve Apostles, London Bridge, Bay of Islands and Loch Ard Gorge which have been sculpted over millions of years by wild seas and fierce winds. Read more

Grampians
The Grampians National Park is renown for the rugged mountain ranges of located in the centre of this region and rise to flat, rural plains over the Wimmera. Explore an historic gold rush town, galleries, museums or a rural village. Read more

Murray Outback
Bordering New South Wales this land of striking contrasts is characterised by lush, orchards and vineyards set against the arid red desert soil. Take a paddle steamer up the mighty Murray River or stop at a roadside produce store or a local cellar door at one of the many wineries. Read more

Goldfields
Visit the unique Goldfields of Victoria. Gold was discovered over 150 years ago and has left a rich legacy on the region. Allow yourself to be enveloped in the history, or enjoy a coffee at a great cafe, and then relax at a boutique B&B or grand hotel. Read more

Goulburn Murray Waters
Discover the foothills of the Strathbogie Ranges or the orchards and lush dairy pastures of Shepparton. Relax on a sandy riverside beach, or water sports at Yarrawonga. The region is also known for it diverse wildlife located in the exquisite red gum forests, waterways and wetlands. Read more

Environment

Victoria is located on the south eastern side of Australia between New South Wales and South Australia.

The Great Dividing Range runs north-south down the eastern seaboard.

The state flower is the common heath, and the state animal is the Leadbeater's Possum.

Climate

Victoria differs from other mainland Australian States in that it lies furthest South and has its major mountain ranges running east-west.

Victoria's southerly position feels the influence of weather patterns originating in the Southern Ocean.

In winter snow rarely falls at altitudes below 600 metres.

In summer the highest temperatures occur in the Mallee to the west and north of the Great Dividing Range.

Getting there

Victoria is easily accessible from overseas or interstate.

By air
Fly to Melbourne's Airport from interstate or overseas. Tullamarine airport about 22 kilometres from the city centre is Australia’s second busiest airport. Open 24 hours a day, it services all the major international airlines.

By bus and train
Buses stop at the Melbourne Transit Centre in Franklin Street, in the centre of Melbourne. The direct bus route from Adelaide to Melbourne takes about 11 hours, whilst the direct route between Sydney and Melbourne takes about 12 hours and runs via Canberra. Trains servicing regional Victoria and interstate routes arrive at Spencer Street Station,

By car
If you’re planning to drive to Melbourne, allow at least nine hours from Adelaide, 10 hours from Sydney, 20 hours from Brisbane and up to two days from Perth.
By boat
If you’re traveling from Tasmania by ferry, you will dock at Station Pier in Port Melbourne, about four kilometres southwest of the city centre. The ferry Spirit of Tasmania provides regularly scheduled services, with additional sailings during peak periods.

More information

For more information about Victoria visit the Victorian Tourism web site www.visitvictoria.com.au

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