Victoria is one of Australia’s smallest states which makes it easy to enjoy its varied landscapes. In less than half a day you can go from whale watching on the coast to relaxing on a paddle steamer on Murray. Or go from exploring the peaks of the high country to the spectacle of the Great Ocean Road.
At the heart of the Victoria, its capital Melbourne is a cosmopolitan centre for cafes, restaurants art and sport.
Great news for travellers to Victoria – there are no fees to enter any Victorian National Parks. Camping fees still apply but if you want to do a day trip or long weekend to some of the state’s favourite parks like the Grampians, Great Otway, Wilsons Promontory, the Dandenong Ranges or Mount Buffalo there is no park pass needed.
Victoria is a compact state which means it Is easy to get to its diverse attractions. There really is a weekend getaway for everyone. For landscapes and nature explore the Great Ocean Road, Philip Island or the highland towns of Falls Creek or Mount Buffalo.
Foodies should check out the Mornington Peninsula, King Valley and Yarra Valley for artisan food and great wine. If you want step back into yesteryear, spend the weekend exploring Bendigo and Ballarat or riding the Puffing Billy through the Dandenong Ranges.
The Great Ocean Road is nearly 250 kms long so what else is there to see after the 12 Apostles and London Bridge? The Great Ocean Road isn’t just about the coast. As you do this iconic Victorian road trip make sure you have time for Otway Rainforest walks and waterfalls and the splendour of the Californian Redwood forests.
The Cape Otway Light Station is a great piece of coastal history, and the Kennett River Koala Walk is a great chance to see some of our favourite cuddlee friends. A must do along the drive is the 12 Apostle Gourmet food trail that begins near Port Campbell. Be aware, the Great Ocean Road can be a busy place in summer and school holidays.
A Lake Elizabeth platypus tour takes you deep into Victoria’s Otway Ranges. Not only will you likely spot one of Australia’s strangest and most elusive animals, you’ll do it in beautiful location.
There is a little town on the edge of the Otway National Park called Forrest. It’s the sort of name that makes you imagine a place dotted with log cabins and streets that wind their way into heavily wooded hills. As we pulled up outside the general store at 5.30 in the morning it was still dark. We’d have to wait to see if the town lived up to its name.
There’s a world of nostalgia and beauty waiting for you in the Murray River region. Whether you hop in a kayak, relax on a paddle steamer or explore a river town, the ‘Mighty Murray’ is the perfect place to relax.
With so may great sights close to Melbourne, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to hitting the road to explore Victoria. From dramatic coastline to the high country, whether you want to get close to nature or follow a food trail, there’s a road trip for you.
Sure Victoria is known for its food, wine and sport, but it’s a great place to for an adventure too. Discover the glow worms and waterfalls below the surface of Mt Buffalo, fly between the treetops in the Otway Ranges or choose an adventure for you.
Join our mailing list and receive our Free Top 500 things to do in Australia. If you love Australian Wildlife and Outdoor Experiences download this list and keep it handy when you are planning a weekend away or a road trip around Australia.