Victoria map & highlights

The second smallest state in the country but also one of the most populated, Victoria covers some 228,000 km2 of southeast Australia and is home to one of its most vibrant cities in Melbourne. The coastline looks out over the Southern Ocean and the Bass Strait, and eventually across to Tasmania, while to the northeast you’ll find the mountains of the Alpine region, one of Australia’s top ski destinations. In between, you’ll find forests, wild rivers, inland lakes and a smattering of former goldrush towns, rich in 19th-century architecture. “Victoria is a very fertile rain-rich state like Tasmania, so there's beautiful forest and magnificent mountain areas like the Victorian Alps and the Grampians, as well as stacks of beaches and coastline,” says Brett Neagle from walking vacation specialists Auswalk. “Little-known fact: Australia has more snow than Switzerland, much of it in Victoria.”

Getting around Victoria is fantastic on foot or by road. National parks and coastal trails offer endless variety for walkers, while self drive routes along the Great Ocean Road take you past some of the world's most enticing shores, where parking up for a picnic or impromptu barbecue can turn into a real event, as long as you time it to avoid the peak summer crowds of December and January.
Alpine Region

1. Alpine Region

Victoria’s Alps offer fantastic fodder for bushwalkers and mountain bikers in summer and top-notch skiing and snowboarding in summer. Inn-to-inn walks traverse striking landscapes of alpine forests, grassland, snow-capped mountains and high plains, while Mount Buller, Mount Hotham and Falls Creek are perfect for skiing and snowboarding.
Budj Bim Cultural Landscape

2. Budj Bim Cultural Landscape

Budj Bim Cultural Landscape is an ancient volcanic site, the traditional homeland of the Gunditjmara people and home to some the oldest aquaculture systems in the world. You need to arrange a visit with a tour agency in advance – the site isn’t open to the public without engaging the local Aboriginal tribe.
East Gippsland

3. East Gippsland

The coastal wilderness of East Gippsland, one of Australia's richest ecosystems, is home to some the country’s most spectacular specimens – you’ll find koalas in towering eucalyptus forest, walk through rainforest listening for lyrebirds and spot massive Goanna lizards beside secluded rivers and waterways. This part of the state has been hard hit by the 2019/20 wildfires, but while many of its parks and reserves remain closed, those that aren’t desperately need tourists – both to rebuild and to keep businesses afloat.

4. Grampians

The Grampians are like a burst of fresh air. Rising from the rural plains of the Wimmera in western Victoria, these dramatic sandstone ridges punctuate otherwise flat landscape in spectacular style and provide opportunities for hiking, climbing and exploring Aboriginal culture. They are home to Brambuk – the longest running Indigenous cultural center in Australia, which is 100 percent owned and operated by Aboriginal people.
Great Ocean Road

5. Great Ocean Road

Running from Apollo Bay to the Twelve Apostles, the Great Ocean Road is not only a beautiful route for self drivers, it’s also the world’s largest war memorial dedicated to the soldiers of World War I. More than 100km of walking trails will take you along clifftops, past waterfalls, rivers and sandy beaches, accompanied by kookaburras, kangaroos and koalas. Just bear in mind that peak summer season brings with it huge crowds and traffic-clogged roads.
Great Otway National Park

6. Great Otway National Park

Stretching from Torquay, along the Great Ocean Road and up into the mountains of the Otway Ranges, this protected realm is part of the traditional lands of the Gadubanud Aboriginal People. What’s striking is its variety – you’ll find everything from avenues of giant tree ferns to secluded waterfalls and a coastal path leading to a historic lighthouse – with exploration taking place on foot, by mountain bike or on horseback.

7. Melbourne

For sports fans and festival-goers, Melbourne is Victoria’s city of choice, home also to boutique shopping arcades, Victorian-era architecture and the world’s largest tram network. With a diverse population that includes people of Greek, Vietnamese, Sudanese and Indian origin, Melbourne is majorly multicultural as expressed in the restaurants, food halls and the huge, open-air market, the Queen Victoria Market.
Mornington Peninsula

8. Mornington Peninsula

The Mornington Peninsula is often overlooked by those heading for Victoria’s better-known sights. But miss this idyllic, Mediterranean-esque region to the southeast of Melbourne and you’ll be missing gorgeous gardens, delicious food and some magnificent coastline. One of the best reasons to visit the peninsula is its vineyards and boutique wineries, at which you can taste the spoils at the cellar door as well as buy bottles to drink at home later.
Phillip Island

9. Phillip Island

The south and west coasts of Phillip Island have been designated Important Bird Areas and although the nightly penguin parade on Summerland Beach does attract flocks of tourists, this also helps to pay for the island's preservation. Phillip Island remains relatively untouched with seals and pelicans blending with friendly locals and surfable swells to create a charming old town ambience.
Yarra Valley

10. Yarra Valley

Just an hour’s drive from downtown Melbourne, the Yarra Valley is one of the state’s top foodie destinations. Gourmet dining experiences and wineries (it’s here that Australia’s winemaking kicked off) take place amongst some pretty stunning scenery – think ash forest, fern gullies, mountains, and a collection of famous botanical gardens.
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Travel times in Victoria

The following times give you a rough idea of the travel times by car between the main attractions in Victoria.

Melbourne – Mornington Peninsula: 1 hour Melbourne – Great Otway National Park: 2.5 hours Great Otway National Park – Twelve Apostles: 1.5 hours Twelve Apostles – Grampians National Park: 2.5 hours Melbourne – East Gippsland: 4 hours
Written by Nana Luckham
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