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Victoria (population 5 million) 

Melbourne is the large sophisticated capital of Victoria. There are many graceful old buildings from the 1800s gold rush amoungst the glass city skyscrapers tree lined streets and many parks and gardens. Melbourne has a European feel, with cooler climate, abundance of imported European trees, and numerous of outdoor street cafes. The city's multicultural heritage has given it an impressive range restaurants with cuisines from round the world. 

Native fern and gum tree forests just east of Melbourne. Mount Dandenong is most popular day's destination. The Yarra Valley has wineries, and penguins come ashore at dusk at Phillip Island

The main natural attraction in Victoria is further from Melbourne. The Great Ocean Road hugs cliffs along a treacherous and spectacular western coastline with excellent surf beaches in places.In the far west, Warrnambool has a good maritime museum. 

On the Old Goldfields, Ballarat and Bendigo were the main gold rush towns. The Sovereign Hill working museum at Ballarat is a recreated 1800's gold rush town. In Bendigo is the opportunity to descend one of the old mines. 

Echuca, Swan Hill and Mildura are on the Murray River. Historic paddle steamer cruises run from the towns. Echuca and Swan Hill also have historic river port museums. 

The Grampians National Park around Halls Gap  is a low mountain range surrounded by flat land and Wilsons Promontory National Park is a largely unspoilt wilderness with hiking trails. 

Victoria's ski fields at Mount Buller, Mt Hotham and Falls Creek are north-west of Melbourne.

Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge 
Picture: Melbourne City on the Yarra River.
Victoria Map
Map: Victoria
The famous Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road
Picture: Twelve Aposteles, Great Ocean Road

 (See also descriptions above) 
Melbourne City 

Near Melbourne 

  • Mount Dandenong
  • Yarra Valley
  • Phillip Island
  • Mornington Peninsula
  • Great Ocean Road 

    Far West Coast 

  • Warrnambool 
  • Portland
  • Old Goldfields 
  • Ballarat 
  • Bendigo
  • Murray River 
  • Echuca 
  • Swan Hill 
  • Mildura

    Refer to our separate Australia wide  transport page for detailed routes and timetables. This section is only a summary of services. 

    Transport services radiate from Melbourne to all sizeable towns in Victoria and southern New South Wales. There are regular bus and daily train services to Sydney, Adelaide and Canberra. All trains and most buses leave from Melbourne's Spencer Street Railway Station. 

    Melbourne's Tullamarine airport has flights to all Australian state capitals and regional Victoria. The major domestic carriers are Qantas and Ansett. Always ask for special deals or discount fares. These are more likely available if you book and pay one week or preferably two weeks in advance. Two new discount operators fly limited routes. Impulse flies from Melbourne to Sydney and onto Brisbane. Airline discounts are greatest if booked on the internet. Many international flights come and go from Melbourne airport. 


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