Beautiful coastlines and a world-famous drive
In this much-loved state, spot native wildlife from penguins to wombats, chill out at beachside suburbs and indulge in wine tasting. Attractions here are easy to reach, accessible from Australia’s culture, sport and shopping capital; an eclectic mix of old and new, where leafy boulevards and old-fashioned trams live side by side with rocking festivals, vibrant bars and hip boutiques.
- Spot native wildlife from penguins to wombats
- On most people's tick list are the Twelve Apostles, Philip Island and the Yarra Valley. Wilson's Promontory, Australia's southernmost point, is a bit more off the beaten track and worth it for the scenery and wildlife
- There's so much to see in Melbourne - aside from the usual tourist sites, try and catch a game of Aussie Rules at 'The G' and head to Queen Victoria Market
- The Great Ocean Road is renowned as one of the world's most scenic drives, whether by coach, motorhome or car
- As well as vineyards, the Yarra Valley also has indulgent spas, galleries, a wildlife sanctuary and bushwalking trails
Melbourne & Victoria holiday highlights
In Melbourne, take in the sights of the historic Queen Victoria Market, admire the modern architecture in Federation Square, and for retail therapy enter Bourke Street Mall or stroll down Little Collins Street. Take time out in the Royal Botanic Gardens, and visit the Sports Precinct to view the MCG, Olympic Park and Melbourne Park, home to the Rod Laver arena. The Southbank lies on the banks of the Yarra River, and is home to high-end hotels, restaurants and galleries. And almost every cuisine imaginable can be sampled here.
Phillip Island is best known for its popular Phillip Island Penguin Parade, where little fairy penguins waddle up the beach each evening to their sand burrows. Other attractions include the Koala Conservation Centre, Grand Prix Circuit, The Nobbies headland and Chocolate Factory.
There’s a reason Australia's most famous drive is called the Great Ocean Road. Navigate the twists and turns of the open road as it winds along the coastline. Discover limestone rock formations rising majestically out of deep blue-green waters far below, moulded by the unwavering power of the waves; witness breaks that surfers dream of, pristine golden sands and charming fishing villages.
If you're on a self-drive there are plenty of treats along the way – there's Yarra Valley's brilliant wineries, historic gold rush towns Walhalla and Ballarat, and amazing food in spectacular locations. Both Royal Mail Hotel at the edge of the Grampians National Park and the Lake House in Daylesford are famous destination hotels for their award-winning food.