Victoria, Australia (Melbourne,
The Great Ocean Road, Mornington Peninsula...)
located in the south east region of the Australian mainland.
Victoria is the home to Australia's "other" large
city, Melbourne, which is the capital of Victoria. Victoria
is a diverse state with the cosmopolitan lifestyle in Melbourne,
the beautifully rugged coast line along the Great Ocean Road,
the boutique vineyards of the Mornington Peninsula,
City of Melbourne
the alpine country and ski resorts in the mountains, the
history of the old gold mining towns and 2,000 kilometres
of coastline. All this makes Victoria an interesting place
The best way to get to Melbourne is to fly there on one of
the domestic carriers such as Qantas once you are in Australia.
You can also fly directly from many other countries including
the United States.
Melbourne's airport is serviced by over 20 major airlines. The
airport is close to the city. The drive from the airport to the
key down town hotels should take
around 25 minutes. You can also drive
to Melbourne but it may be a long drive depending on where you
are starting from. For example, the drive from Sydney to Melbourne
is over 600 miles.
There are many hotels to stay
at in Victoria with varied price ranges. You should also consider
the many bed and breakfasts
The climate is temperate
in Victoria. The summer can be warm and the winters cool.
Some Key Attractions:
Melbourne is a multicultural and cosmopolitan city with
just over 3 million inhabitants and is well worth a visit. Melbourne
has a reputation of being a major ethnic melting pot that started
with the Victorian gold rush days that attracted many Irish and
Chinese diggers. There was also a large post war immigration from
Europe which attracted migrants from Greece, Turkey, Italy and
Yugoslavia. As a result, the restaurants
are plentiful and represent a multitude of foreign cuisines.
Melbourne is a huge sports fans town and the locals are
typically fanatics. The major sports are cricket, Australian
Rules Football and horse racing. Another more internationally
recognized event is the Australian Tennis Open.
There is a lot to see in Melbourne including the many parks
and gardens, the museums, the exhibitions and galleries
and for the more relaxed traveler, the pubs, cafes and restaurants.
Some of the main attractions include The Immigration Museum,
Gold Treasury Museum, Old Melbourne Gaol (Jail), National
Gallery of Victoria, Scienceworks, Royal Botanic Gardens,
Fitzroy Gardens, Treasury Gardens and Melbourne Aquarium.
Melbourne Aquarium (Melbourne):
The Aquarium is located centrally in Melbourne on the banks of
the Yarra River. It is an educational venue where you can learn
a lot about the local sealife and get up close to the local marine
creatures by walking through clear glass tunnels surrounded by
the water. You will find the Aquarium on the corner of Queenswharf
Road & King Streets in Melbourne.
The Immigration Museum (Melbourne):
The Immigration Museum gives you a feel for how Australia
became such a diverse culture. Australia is a young
country and has relied on immigration from Asian and European
countries. A visit to the Immigration Museum will give you a better
idea of what lengths that many of the early immigrants took to
seek a better and more prosperous life in Australia. This museum
features interactive computer displays and is housed in the Old
Customs House which was built in 1876. The Old Customs House is
located at 400 Flinders Street in Melbourne.
Gold Treasury Museum (Melbourne):
The Gold Treasury Museum will help you to understand how Melbourne
really evolved. Its a great place to explore the history of Melbourne.
The three permanent exhibits are Built on Gold, Growing up
in the Old Treasury and Making Melbourne. The museum
is located in the Old Treasury Building which was built in 1862
and can be found on Russell Street located between LaTrobe and
National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne):
The National Gallery of Victoria is home to more than 70,00 works
of art from paintings and photography to textiles. There is also
an interesting collection of aboriginal art.
Scienceworks is an educational experience with hands on exhibits
about science. It is a science and technology museum that aims
to educate the public in a manner that is entertaining. You will
find Scienceworks at 2 Booker Street in Spotswood.
Parks and Gardens (Melbourne): Melbourne
is known for it's parks and gardens that give the city a fresh
and clean feel. The Royal Botanic Gardens contains 12,000 different
species of plants and they were established in 1846. Fitzroy Gardens
are located in East Melbourne and have been in existence for over
150 years. Fitzroy Gardens are home to Cook's Cottage. The Cottage
was presented to the people of Victoria in 1934 to celebrate Victoria's
centenary. The cottage comes from Yorkshire in England and was
the house that Captain James Cook was born in. Much later, Captain
James Cook went on to discover the east coast of Australia.
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The Great Ocean Road is one of the world's most spectacular
scenic routes. Its stretches along the south
west coast of Victoria along the top of rugged cliffs and
rocky outcrops where the coast line has been eaten away by the
Great Southern Ocean. The most famous geographic feature is the
Twelve Apostles which are rocky outcrops protruding upwards out
of the ocean. This scenic road trip can be busy in the summer
months due to tourist traffic and the influx of people traveling
to their holiday homes in local towns such as Lorne and Anglesea.
Phillip Island Penguin Parade:
The Fairy Penguins come ashore every night at dusk and they waddle
to their burrows. This is a great opportunity to see these wonderful
creatures in the wild. Phillip Island is only 140 kilometres south
east of Melbourne. It is part of Phillip Island Nature Park.
Mornington Peninsula has 2
coast lines as it lies between Western Port Bay and Bass Strait.
Bass Strait is the straight of rough water that separates mainland
Australia from the island state of Tasmania. This region is a
diverse region with beautiful beaches, abundant flora and fauna
and sleepy coastal towns.
Wilsons Promontory Marine Park is an extensive area of
sandy beaches, islands and reefs. It is a wonderful place to fish
or observe the local flora and fauna. Located around the southern
coastline of the Marine Park is the Wilsons Promontory Marine
Reserve. The marine reserve is rich in scenery and marine life.
Seals and Cape Barren Geese are among the abundant wild life.
Tasman Sea Coastline: This
coastline stretches from Wilsons Promontory to the News South
Wales border. One of the highlights is Ninety Mile Beach which
is a long stretch of sandy beach and sand dunes. It is said to
be dangerous for swimming because of the rips but is a nice place
to walk or fish. Further along the coast past the town of Lakes
Entrance, the coast becomes more rocky with remote beaches surrounded
The High Country is the name given to the alpine region
which is located in the north eastern area of Victoria. It takes
approximately 3 to 4 hours to drive to the High Country from Melbourne.
This area is often snow covered and there are ski resorts present.
By Australian standards the skiing is fine but really does not
compare to the skiing in North America and Europe.
The Macedon Ranges region is a one hour drive from Melbourne.
The area is known for it's wineries and is also known as spa country.
There are over 30 wineries and Australia's richest content of
mineral springs, not to mention superb restaurants.
The Grampians is an area of valleys, mountains and woodlands.
There are picturesque lakes and waterfalls which makes this area
a must for nature lovers. The Grampians National Park is one of
the largest national parks in Victoria. Whether you prefer driving,
sightseeing and picnicking, camping and hiking, cycling, fishing
or rock climbing, you are able to set your own pace in The Grampians.
Sovereign Hill: If you have
an interest in history, Sovereign Hill will be of interest to
you. This is the area where Australian history
changed during the 1850's goldrush. Tourists can pan for gold
or ride in the horse drawn carriages and really feel how life
was back in these exciting times.
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