Victoria: Places to Explore


  • The Dandenong Ranges

    Melburnians come to the beautiful Dandenong Ranges, also known simply as the Dandenongs, for a breath of fresh air, especially in autumn when the deciduous trees turn golden and in spring when the public... Read more

  • The Gold Country

    Victoria was changed forever in the early 1850s by the discovery of gold in the center of the state. News of fantastic gold deposits caused immigrants from every corner of the world to pour into Victoria... Read more

  • The Grampians

    About 93 km (79 mi) north of Port Fairy are the Grampians, sometimes referred to by their Aboriginal name Gariwerd. This 415,000-acre region combines stunning mountain scenery, abundant native wildlife... Read more

  • Great Ocean Road

    The Great Ocean Road, which snakes along Victoria's rugged and windswept southwestern coast, is arguably the country's most spectacular coastal drive. The road, built during the Great Depression along... Read more

  • Melbourne

    Consistently rated among the "world's most livable cities" in quality-of-life surveys, Melbourne is built on a coastal plain at the top of the giant horseshoe of Port Phillip Bay. The city center is an... Read more

  • Mornington Peninsula

    The Mornington Peninsula circles the southeastern half of Port Phillip Bay. A much larger piece of land than it first appears, the peninsula is lapped by water on three sides and measures about 65 km (40... Read more

  • Murray River Region

    From its birthplace in the folds of the Great Dividing Range in southern New South Wales, the Mighty Murray winds 2,574 km (1,596 mi) northwest and then south before it empties into Lake Alexandrina, south... Read more

  • Phillip Island

  • Queenscliff

    In the late 19th century Queenscliff was a favorite weekend destination for well-to-do Melburnians, who traveled on paddle steamers or by train to stay at the area's grand hotels. Some, like the Vue Grand... Read more

  • Yarra Valley and Healesville

    Healesville is a good base for travel to Yarra Valley wineries and the Dandenongs Region, as it's a short drive from both.... On February 7, 2009 (known as Black Saturday), ferocious bushfires ripped through... Read more