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Things to do and See in Victoria

Victoria is a diverse state with its beautiful coast line along the Great Ocean Road, to the vineyards in the Mornington Peninsula, to the ski resorts in the mountains located in the north - east of the state.


Melbourne is the states capital and is Australia's second largest city with more than 3 million people. After World War II, Melbourne saw a huge influx of people from all over the world, but mainly from Italy and Greece. Melbourne has the biggest Greek population outside Greece.

Many visitors come to this city for its shopping, restaurants, nightlife, and its sporting events, as it’s known as Australia’s sporting city. The city is situated on either side of the Yarra River, but both offer great shopping and restaurants. A new addition to the city is Federation Square, which has a paved courtyard, galleries, bars and restaurants. The best way of the seeing Melbourne’s sights is by getting the See Melbourne & Beyond Smartvisit Card ( For more information go to

The Melbourne Cricket Ground

The Melbourne Cricket Ground, or MCG, was the site of the 1956 Summer Olympics and is home to the Australian Gallery Of Sport and Olympic Museum. If you in this city between March and September make sure you see an Australian Rules football game. This is arguably the most popular sport in Melbourne. If you require more information on the MCG their official website is:


Australian Formula One Grand Prix

The worlds’s best formula one driver’s embark on Melbourne once a year for this Grand Prix. It attracts tens of thousands of people from all over the world. For more information go to


Riding the Tram

Melbourne's tramway network stretches from the city centre to the suburbs. The biggest highlight is the 1920's Tourist Tram, which leaves from the corner of Swanston and Victoria Streets to St. Kilda Road and onwards to the Bay of St. Kilda. If you come to Melbourne this is a must to do.


Parks and Gardens

Melbourne has some of the most beautiful parks and gardens in the world. The best is the Royal Botanical Gardens which covers 35 hectares and is on the banks of the Yarra River and within walking distance of the city. Along the South Bank of the Yarra River lies the Sydney Myer Music Bowl, where many of the outdoor concerts take place. The Kings Domain is located here as well and it contains the Shrine of Remembrance, which is a tribute to the Australian fighting forces. Two other great parks and gardens to check out are Alexandria Gardens and Queen Victoria Gardens. For more information on the Royal Botanic Gardens go to


Eureka Skydeck 88

Eureka Tower is the world's highest apartment building with a staggering 92 storey’s. The 88th floor is known as Eureka Skydeck 88 and it has an amazing observatory deck, which is open to the public. For more information go to


Royal Botanic Gardens

The Royal Botanic Gardens is located 2km south of the city and is one of the best gardens in Australia. There are more than 40 hectares of beautiful scenery and its definitely worth a look. For more information go to 


Old Melbourne Gaol

The Old Melbourne Gaol was established in 1841 and it was the setting for 136 hangings and the most famous was Ned Kelly in 1880. The jail closed its gates to inmates in 1929. It’s highly recommended if you come to Melbourne. Admission is A$15, but concessions are available.


Brunswick Street

This trendy street is full of cafes, cool shops, and Fitzroy is a good place to watch bands play. This street is definitely a must do when you go to Melbourne. I guarantee if you are looking for cool shops and great places to eat this is the best place in town.


Melbourne Observation Deck

This observatory is located on level 55 of the tallest office building in the southern hemisphere; the Melbourne Observation Deck offers 360-degree panoramic views of Melbourne and the surrounding areas. The facilities also include a licensed café-bar. Admission is A$10.50, but is definitely worth it.





The Great Ocean Road

This famous road starts at Torquay, which is approx. 100kms from Melbourne and lasts approx. 180 km along the coast.

Bells Beach

Many people around the world know this beach as the setting for the last scene in Point Break. It's a popular beach among surfers and it plays host to the Bells Surfing Classic which is held every Easter. One word of advice to all you novice surfers is careful because you do get some pretty big waves as I found out when I was here in February of 1998.


This popular sea side resort is located in Apollo Bay. With its beautiful beaches and romantic scenery Lorne is a popular destination among couples. Not knowing this, I arrived in Lorne on Valentines Day and it was hard to find accommodation. If you are planning on driving the Great Ocean Road, Lorne is a good spot to stop for the night.

Port Campbell National Park

This is probably the most picturesque area on Great Ocean Road. Along this stretch of road you probably have the most history as well.

The Twelve Apostles are located in this park. They are now 10 huge cliffs sticking out of the ocean. These are a must see on this drive, and the views from the rocks are amazing. Be careful out on the rocks because it does get windy.

A historical area along the road is the Loch Ard Gorge where, in 1878, the clipper Loch Ard was driven into the rocks and 52 people died. I'm not going to get too much into the history about it, but two people did live and one of them became a national hero. If are on the Great Ocean Road be sure to stop for this as it is worth a look.





The Rest of Victoria

Wine Tasting

The States two most popular wine regions are the Rutherglen and the Yarra Valley, which is known internationally for producing some of the best wines in the world. The Yarra Valley is the more popular one as it’s just a short drive from Melbourne and there are many vineyards to pick from.



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