Victoria is Australia’s smallest mainland state, but yet it’s the second most populous state in the country. A one really key point about Victoria’s size is it means that it’s easy to travel this great state and take in all the sights in a fairly quick time. So if you’re planning a visit to Victoria to explore and do some sightseeing, you’ll be able to experience quite a lot in a short space of time.
Let’s take a look at some key areas in Victoria to visit and some things to do while you’re there.
Enjoy An Idyllic Setting In Walhalla
The awesome thing about Victoria is that there is a vast array of wilderness areas, each different from the last. One popular spot to chill out and get away from it all is Walhalla in the Gippsland region of the state.
There are mountain hideaways where you can stay, historic sites to visit and beautiful countryside to explore. Often referred to as “old world heaven”, Walhalla epitomises what country Victoria is all about; stepping back in time and enjoying nature and serenity.
Discover the town’s old gold mines, some of which are said to be haunted, or take a relaxing steam train ride through the area. Love camping? Walhalla is for you, with loads of great locations to camp out under the stars.
No visit to Victoria would be complete without spending some time in Melbourne, the state’s capital.
Melbourne is renowned for being a city where something fun is always happening at all times of the year, whether you’re taking in the action of Melbourne Cup 2019, Australia’s greatest horse race, indulging in one of many foods and wine festivals, exploring the cultural heart of the country, or sampling some of the world’s best entertainment.
There is always something to do in Melbourne and you’ll never be bored, that’s for sure. It’s arguably Australia’s most popular city for visitors for this reason, and you’ll find there’s a little bit of everything on offer all year round.
Ballarat Wildlife Park
Even if you’re staying in the Melbourne CBD, you can take a day trip west to Ballarat, an old gold mining town steeped in Australian history.
One of the feature attractions of the Ballarat area, besides gold mining, is the Ballarat Wildlife Park. As far as zoos go it’s only really small, but you can get up close and personal with Australia’s indigenous wildlife, such as:
- And much more…
You can even hand feed the kangaroos, making it an ideal place to take the kids. The staff even let you pat some of the animals.
Spend Time In a Quaint Seaside Village
Much of Victoria has historic towns that still exhibit life as it was in the 1800s and early 1900s, and one such place that epitomises Australian maritime history is Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village.
It’s like the village has been frozen in time or is a set on a Hollywood movie. Located along the famous and picturesque Great Ocean Road in Victoria’s west, you’ll love spending a few days exploring the area and soaking up the old world charm.
Many of the stores and buildings from the 1870s are still standing, and one of the coolest areas to hang out is down at the dock. Cobblestone paths guide your way through town, where you can find delicious meals to enjoy or take it easy with a beer, wine, or beverage of your choice.
Take a Ferry Ride
Based out of Sorrento in Victoria, hop aboard the SeaRoad ferry, that takes tourists between the ports of Sorrento and Queenscliff. While aboard this luxury ferry you can soak up the sights of Victoria’s stunning coastlines. It’s a calm and serene journey, so no worries about getting seasick or finding your sea legs.
It’s only a forty-minute journey, but along the way, you’re likely to see dolphins as well as the local birdlife.
Drink in the beauty of Victoria from a different perspective by exploring the area from a vantage point at sea.