Wedged between New South Wales and South Australia is the southeastern state of Victoria, which radiates from its cosmopolitan capital, Melbourne. It’s considered by many to be the cultural heart of Australia, with outstanding museums and galleries, a vibrant gastronomy scene and a thriving arts industry.
Spend a few days exploring the hidden lane ways of Melbourne, which are packed with one-of-a-kind boutiques and eclectic cafes, or take in a game of football or cricket at the legendary MCG. Experience the unique atmosphere of Melbourne’s diverse neighborhoods, including trendy Brunswick and St. Kilda, then travel to the historic port of Williamstown to discover its maritime history and charismatic foreshore.
Day trip to the beautiful Mornington Peninsula with its idyllic beaches and laid-back villages or watch little penguins waddling to shore on nearby Phillip Island. To the west stretches the famous Great Ocean Road, famed for its 12 Apostles and world-class surf at Bells Beach.
Spend time indulging in the spa town of Daylesford, set against the natural beauty of the Macedon Ranges, then travel east to the wineries and wildlife sanctuaries of the Yarra Valley. Hit the walking trails of the picturesque Dandenong Ranges, which are dotted with landscaped gardens and artist studios.
Trek to MacKenzie Falls in the Grampians National Park and go skiing in the alpine landscapes of the High Country. Don’t miss a visit to the former gold mining town of Ballarat, which has retained its heritage through charming 19th-century architecture, or visit the preserved Walhalla Gold Mine and Goldfields Railway in Gippsland.