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.
When to go
Victoria and Melbourne enjoy warm summers from December to February, mild autumns from March to May, crisp winters between June and August and bright springs.