Beautiful nature, fantastic coffee and captivating culture

One of the most densely-populated regions in Australia, the south-eastern state of Victoria is centred around its capital, the cosmopolitan city of Melbourne.

Melbourne sits at the end of Port Phillip Bay, split by the winding Yarra River, with its suburbs reaching out around the shoreline. With handsome Victorian-era architecture, museums, galleries, theatres, green parks, and an innovative art and nightlife scene, this is undoubtedly Australia’s cultural heart. It’s also a city known for a collective obsession with coffee, the aromas of roasting beans fill the air, with hip cafes and delis at every turn, and love of sport, especially Australian rules football, cricket, horse racing and motorsport.

Victoria is also spoiled with a dramatic coast, best explored along the Great Ocean Road, and Phillip Island’s sandy beaches and resident penguins are a popular day trip from Melbourne. For oenophiles, we suggest an early morning balloon flight over the vineyards of the Yarra Valley before meeting passionate wine producers, and for hikers, the rugged trails and panoramic views of the Grampians.

Explore the commonly named “most liveable city in the world”, Melbourne. Enjoy the laneway cafe culture in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD and coffee-lovers can see why Melbourne is a contender for some of the world’s best coffee. Venture out of Melbourne and experience the beauty of the rugged Victorian State. Relish in the natural beauty of one of the world’s most iconic scenic drives: The Great Ocean Road, or sample some of Australia’s best wines in the Yarra Valley wine region less than two hours from Melbourne CBD.

Our favourite places to stay in Victoria and Melbourne