Just when you think you’ve got Melbourne figured out, you’ll uncover one more pocket of the CBD with a particular vibe that makes it feel so right to lose another three hours or so.
While fairly compact in size- Bourke Street Mall offers no-strings-attached retail therapy, Chinatown is all dumplings and heritage, Collins Street knows how posh you really are, Flinders quarter squeezes your creative juices, and the sports precinct’s fever is contagious. The alleys and laneways, conventional and vertical, make their own rules, and encourage you to break them. Go on, just look around one more corner.
- Walk the lane ways of the city
- Go shopping…enjoy a nice coffee
- Take the free city sights tram
- Visit Queen Victoria Markets
- Visit the Botanical Gardens
- Visit historic Williamstown
- Enjoy a game of Australian Football or another sporting event
Discover the diversity and beauty of regional Victoria, from coastal villages to alpine villages.
Just to name a few attractions:
Great Ocean Road
Wonder at some of the most beautiful natural attractions in Australia, ancient rainforests and abundant local wildlife in the Great Ocean Road region.
Rugged coastal scenery
Discover the dramatic rock sculptures of the 12 Apostles, the mystical Bay of Islands and the many viewing points along the Great Ocean Road affording spectacular vistas of the Southern Ocean. Walk in nature along the breathtaking Great Ocean Walk from Apollo Bay to the 12 Apostles. Watch southern right whales from the shoreline at the nursery in Warrnambool.
See some of Australia’s best rainforest scenery in the Great Otway National Park. Walk among tall trees and giant tree ferns, discover beautiful waterfalls, or meander secluded beaches along the shore at Cape Otway. Experience the Otway Fly tree top walk with breathtaking views and abundant plant and birdlife.
Australian native wildlife
See koalas, kangaroos and emus at a beautiful wildlife haven nestled inside an extinct volcano at Tower Hill. Take a canoe trip at dawn or dusk to view platypus in the wild on a beautiful mountain lake in the Otway Ranges. Stop in at Kennet River, one of the best places in Australia to see koalas in the wild.
Put your walking shoes on:
The Great Ocean Walk is Victoria’s premier long distance walk, hugging the dramatic coastline between Apollo Bay and the landmark Twelve Apostles along the Great Ocean Road. It offers a great variety of contrasting habitats, historical interest points, wildlife and beautiful remote beaches to explore – bounded by the wild Great Southern Ocean. Many people are familiar with the Great Ocean Road but the Walk offers completely different perspectives, far from the roads and people.
Explore an island where nature and wildlife abounds. Get up close to little penguins, come face-to-face with snoozing koalas and cheer on Grand Prix heroes as you savour every inch of Phillip Island, less than two hours from Melbourne.
Grampians National Park
Find some of Victoria’s most stunning landscapes, along with fascinating history, sublime food and wine and buzzing regional centres in the Grampians region.
Rising out of the plains of western Victoria, the rugged mountain ranges of the Grampians National Park mark the centre of this region and offer plenty of opportunity for outdoor pursuits. The impressive ranges are renowned for their unspoilt natural beauty and feature lookouts with stunning panoramic views, picturesque waterfalls, ancient Aboriginal rock art, colourful wildflowers and abundant native wildlife.
Wilsons Promontory, just three hours from Melbourne, is known for its stunning bush and coastal scenery and acclaimed walking trails. Wilsons Promontory National Park is one of Victoria’s most-loved places. At the southernmost tip of mainland Australia, it offers spectacular scenery of huge granite mountains, open forest, rainforest, sweeping beaches and coastlines.