Victoria offers rich history, stunning wilderness and culinary excellence. Melbourne might be known as the gastronomic capital of Australia, but outside the city, the state of Victoria’s epicurean credentials continue to skyrocket in small country towns such as Kyneton, Beechworth, Birregurra and Red Hill. The state also boasts some excellent wine regions, from the Yarra Valley and the King Valley, to the Mornington Peninsula and the Bellarine Peninsula. Boutique breweries and coffee roasters are also abundant here, making for the perfect trip for lovers of the finer things in life.
In terms of the great outdoors, there is so much to see and do here. The Great Ocean Road snakes along one of the world’s most spectacular coastlines, past iconic surf breaks as wells the 12 Apostles. Meanwhile, the further east you travel, the wilder the coast becomes, from wildlife-rich Wilsons Promontory to Gippsland’s aptly named Wilderness Coast.
For a history or culture fix, the Grampians national park is one of the richest Aboriginal rock art sites in south-eastern Australia.
Best Time to Visit
Conditions vary greatly depending on where you are, with ocean winds keeping winters warm and summers cool. In general the best time to visit Victoria however is late summer (March-April) as the weather is still warm and more settled.