The ultimate travel guide – explore Victoria
Whether you are visiting Victoria to work, play or study, here is a short travel guide for Victoria, including attractions, events, wineries and activities.
Let’s kick start our travel journey with Melbourne
In 2017, Melbourne was declared the world’s most liveable city for seventh year running. Melbourne seems to have it all, whether it is shopping, restaurants, events or fun activities.
Here is a short guide on having a great time in Melbourne:
1: Visit the Melbourne zoo
If you want to see Australian animals such as a platypus, koala or a kangaroo, Melbourne zoo got it all.
2: Ride the City circle Tram
If you have just arrived in Melbourne, the city circle tram is really the best way to get to know the city. The free tram ride on the city’s iconic W-class trams is a unique way to explore this beautiful city providing information about all major attractions and city landmarks.
3: Be up high at Eureka Tower
Eureka Tower is a 297 metre gold plated skyscraper. Head up to the 88th floor and enjoy breathtaking views of the CBD skyline in the heart of Melbourne CBD.
4: Visit the beautiful Royal Botanic gardens
The Melbourne Gardens has more than 8,500 species of plants, including many rare specimens. Only about 2 kilometres from the CBD, discover breathtaking landscapes, iconic buildings and beautiful sceneries.
5: Visit the National Gallery of Victoria
The National Gallery of Victoria is the oldest public art gallery in Australia. The international collection is housed in the St. Kilda Road building while the extensive Australian collection can be viewed in the Ian Potter Gallery in Federation Square.
6: Explore the city lane ways
Whether you’re a tourist or just looking for a hidden getaway in Melbourne you should check out the lane ways around Flinders, Collins, and Bourke which has a few gems scattered throughout.
7: Take a walk through Melbourne Museum
The Melbourne Museum in Carlton has been ranked as one of the most popular museums and tourist attractions in Australia. The museum showcases Indigenous cultures, Australian cultural history and science in a modern and exciting environment.
8: Cruise along the Yarra River
A river boat cruise is the perfect way to explore Melbourne. Cruise along the river while keeping an eye out for the Melbourne Cricket Ground, National Tennis Centre and the Royal Botanic Gardens.
9: Visit the Queen Victoria Market
You have not truly experienced Melbourne before you have been to the Queen Victoria Market. The iconic market is the largest and most intact surviving 19th century market in the city and has been recognised with its addition to the National Heritage List. Shoppers can find everything from local to imported gourmet food to fruit and vegetables, fashion and general merchandise.
Let’s continue with regional Victoria
Whether you are staying in Melbourne for a while or only here for a short visit, here are some great things to do in regional Victoria.
1: Mornington Peninsula
Most known for Peninsula Hot Springs, Mornington Peninsula is located to the south of the city of Melbourne. Set in a beautiful environment, start your day at Victoria’s first natural hot springs and day spa centre. Then, head out to one of Victoria’s best restaurants as five of them are located in Mornington Peninsula. We recommend checking out Hickinbotham of Dromana, Georgie Bass Café & Cookery or The Deck Bar & Bistro at the award winning Flinders hotel.
2: Phillip Island
A popular day trip from Melbourne, Phillip Island is known for its Penguin Parade. At Summerland Beach, little penguins come ashore in groups at sunset. From the viewing area at Summerland Beach, experience one of Australians most popular tourist attractions. During the day, head to Rusty Water Brewery and taste their unique range of hand crafted ales or visit the Purple Hen Winery if you are a wine lover.
3: The Yarra Valley
The Yarra Valley is most known for being a premier wine growing region with over 90 cellar doors and vineyards offering quality local food and wine. Visit Yerring Station, De Bortoli or Domaine Chandon for a premium wine tasting experience. In Melbourne, there are plenty of companies offering quality Yarra Valley Day trip tours providing a unique wine tour experience. With its breathtaking scenery and premium wine, Yarra Valley is also the perfect romantic getaway.
4: The Great Ocean Road
When in Melbourne, you don’t want to miss out on the famous Great Ocean Road. The 9,5 hours’ drive along one of Victoria’s most scenic drives is just absolutely breathtaking. Experience beach, waterfalls and bush in Lorne, explore the rainforest, streams, waterfalls and fireflies in Apollo Bay and view the famous Twelve Apostles on the Twelve Apostles Coast.
5: Visit lakes Entrance
Have you ever been to Lakes Entrance? If not, we recommend visiting the coastal town in eastern Victoria which is located about a 4 hour drive from the Melbourne CBD. Look out for wildlife around Ninety Mile Beach including pelicans, dolphins and kangaroos. Explore the lakes in a boat cruise, paddleboat or in a kayak. Known as a seafood capital, don’t forget to taste the seafood from fresh seafood shops around town.