The most densely populated Australian state is Victoria. Visitors love how friendly and helpful the Victorian people are. It has attractions for the nature lover, sport lover, history lover and adventure lover. The top rated must do attractions include (1) The Great Ocean Road trip to see the 12 Apostles (2) Walking Apollo Bay (3) Visit many historical sites from early settlers to vintage shops (4) Take a rider on the Puffing Billy Railway to experience a steam train (5) Visit Phillip Island (6) Visit the beautiful Dandenong Ranges National Park (7) Skiing in the winter months (8) Visits to famous sports arenas and (9) Experience underground gold mines and (10) The Melbourne Cup Race. Known as “the race that stops the nation”.
If you want to see iconic Australian penguins Phillip Island is the place view them in their natural environment. Throughout the year late afternoon and early evening are the best viewing times. Remember to wear your winter warm clothes.
Victoria has 5 ski resorts which are Mount Hotham, Falls Creek, Mount Buller, Mount Buffalo and Mt Baw Baw. Each one offers amazing ski conditions for the winter sports enthusiast between the months of June to September (weather permitting).
The Puffing Billy railway is a heritage steam train offering standard day tours, except on days of total fire bans and maintenance days. The most noteworthy significance is that it operates in modern times, just as it did when it started in the early 1900’s era. You can also join an exciting and unique Murder Mystery dinner tour held on specified dates throughout the year. Dressing in costume is highly recommended on these evenings because it adds to the ‘atmosphere’ being created. Since you are there for fun you must fully immerse yourself.
Especially relevant for young children is when the Puffing Billy train gets ‘dressed up’ as Thomas the Tank engine. Designed to delight and excite both for the young ones and those who are ‘young at heart’.
The train history lover is not forgotten due to strong interest in this area. A historical tour of the ‘behind the scenes’ workshops are held at special times of the year, in addition to all other tours.
FOOD & WINE
Melbourne locals are fascinated with the food and wine culture, consequently the Food and Wine Festival was born in the year 1992. Held early April each year it attracts thousands of local and international visitors. The program goes over 9 days throughout multiple venues with focused themes. From tastings, to special interest seminars, to international chef collaborations, competitions and entertainment this is something to interest everyone.
You can discover Melbourne according to your interests such as – food and wine, historical tours, gardening, city interests, shopping, markets, sports, nature or animals. There is a tour for each.
The capital city Melbourne is known as the most livable and multicultural city in the world. Very relaxed, it oozes great atmosphere and has an abundance of activities to enjoy. The Melbourne Museum and The National Gallery of Victoria, The Melbourne Docklands Precinct, the East End Theatre District, St Kilda, the graffiti lanes and the Crown Casino are all iconic to Melbourne. For families with younger children, there is the Melbourne Aquarium, the Eureka Tower, Science Works and the Melbourne Zoo.
During the warmer months, Victoria has 2000 kilometres of coastline with hundreds of beaches to explore. Bells Beach is world famous for its international surfing competitions. In the winter, skiing is popular in the Victorian alpine region.
Gold mining is infamous to Victoria’s colonial past. It is still evident in the historic cities and regions of Ballarat, Bendigo, Castlemaine, Maldon and Daylesford which are part of the goldfields region.
GETTING AROUND MELBOURNE CITY
Getting around is easy with efficient bus/train services including the infamous tram lines.
There are also 2 ferry routes:
- The ‘Westgate Punt’ which is a ferry service that runs between Spotswood Jetty and Westgate Landing in Port Melbourne
- The ‘French Island Ferry’ which runs between Stony Point in Mornington Peninsula and Cowes on Phillip Island, via French Island
Another option is Melbourne bike share which has 50 stations around the city. Pick up a nice pushbike with helmet and take yourself on a self-guided Melbourne tour. Pricing starts from $3 a day / $8 a week.
More information on these Melbourne transport options can be found here: