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.

Melbourne & Victoria key facts

Time difference

GMT +10 Hours

Capital

Melbourne

Currency

Australian Dollar

Language

English

Passport & visas

All British passport holders require an Electronic Travel Authority Visa (ETA). ETA Visas are processed by Kuoni and electronically linked to your passport.

Melbourne & Victoria good to know

Health and vaccinations

No compulsory vaccinations but recommended vaccination is Tetanus.

Tipping

If you feel that you have received an excellent service and wish to show appreciation for this then a discretionary tip of 10% may be given.