The southernmost state before crossing the Bass Strait to Tasmania, Victoria enjoys a fantastic blend of climate and scenery.
Considered to have the nation’s best highway and rural road system, road users can be assured to have access to the remotest of regions.
Victoria is framed by the Murray River, South Australia and the ocean containing semi-desert in the north-west to damp forests and fern gullies of the south-east. From cradle lakes and streams to mountain tablelands eventuating to the snowfields and their resorts.
Echuca is set within an irrigated pastoral and agricultural district on the Murray River and was Victoria’s busiest inland port. The heyday of paddle steamers and river trade has left a historic legacy to Echuca on which much of its tourism is built upon today. Goulbourn valley has been turned into a bountiful region famous for its pears and peaches as well as its extraordinary amount of other crops.
The six snowfields of Victoria are located in the north-east region. Hotham is the most popular and has been named “powder capital” of Australia; however the most reliable for snow cover and largest resort is Falls Creek.
The southern coastline of 1,580 kilometres is scattered with breath-taking views containing beaches, bays, inlets and rocky headlands. The Great Ocean Road, a very popular scenic drive from Melbourne, is one of Victoria’s most prized highlights.
Melbourne, classed as one of the world’s most liveable cities & Australia’s cultural capital. Wander along Lygon Street in Carlton for the cafe culture & botique shops. St Kilda, Melbourne’s favourite beachside suburb, is perfect for walking, cycing & skating on the foreshore. Every Sunday, there is a a funky street market with wonderful array of artworks, craft, hand designed fashion & jewellery and produce. Visit Southbank for a pleasant dining experience, watch a movie or spend the day shopping. The Melbourne tram system is the largest of its type in the world and very easy to use.
Only an hour’s drive from Melbourne, its feels like a holiday away from the bustling city. With vineyards and olive groves, historic country retreats and intimate hotels it’s easy to explore at your own leisurely pace. Discover the seaside villages or take the ferry to French Island from Western Port Bay. The Mornington Peninsula has many attractions and activities on offer including surfing, diving with dolphins or swimming with seals.
The Dandenong Ranges & The Yarra Valley
Rejuvenate with the natural elements of the Dandenong Ranges within the national parks and gardens just a short drive from Melbourne. Visit the William Ricketts Sanctuary, a place of tranquility, serenity & beauty, displaying mystical sculptures half hidden among ferns along the pathways. The Yarra Valley is nearby and allows indulgence on great food & wine. Make the journey by hot air balloon, passing over the many rows of grape vines and the Yarra River, as you take in breathtaking views of mountains that surround the spectacular valley.
The Great Ocean Road
This is one of the world’s most scenic drives, meandering along the south-eastern coastline at 241 km in length. The most popular natural attraction is the 12 Apostles, however the London Arch and the Grotto are also just as fascinating. Coastal villages along the way that have their own sense of charm and majestic beauty are Lorne & Port Fairy. The town of Torquay is famed for one of Australia’s top surfing beaches, Bells Beach, which is home to the Rip Curl Pro Surfing Competition every year.
The Grampians National Park has one of the richest indigenous rock art sites in south-eastern Australia & has been noted for its outstanding natural beauty. Due to the many spectacular views & unspoilt nature it is a favourite spot for campers, bushwalkers and rock climbers. The most visited place is the Wonderland area near Halls Gap. The best time for bushwalking is in winter & spring due to the hot, dry conditions in summer & autumn. In spring, the wildflowers are a major attraction.
Positioned on the banks of the Murray River, Echuca is Australia’s largest inland port. Nowadays, paddlesteamers cruise the river for tourists to enjoy daily or on overnight jaunts that depart from the Historic Port Precinct. Let your mind drift back to experience the thriving era of Echuca when steam ruled the river and rail on the self-guided Hertiage Walk. Farmer’s markets are held at Echuca’s Alton Reserve.
Surrounding Echuca there are walking trails which meander next to the Murray River and many Indigenous Tourists sites that highlight the culture of the Aboriginal people.
The Victorian Alps
In the area between Melbourne, Bairnsdale and Wangaratta is The Victorian Alps or ‘The High Country’. This area provides a range of outdoor activites such as skiing in winter and exhilarating walking, fishing, rock climbing, canoeing, sailing, water skiing, mountain biking and horse riding throughout the rest of the year. A panoramic and scenic drive in this region is the Great Alpine Road capturing sky high mountains, picturesque valleys, forests, rivers, vineyards and farms in just under 310 kms.