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Victoria: Melbourne & The Great Ocean Road holidays


Great Australia holidays start in the buzzing city of Melbourne – Australia's cultural capital. The excitement of discovering creative galleries, seaside esplanades and the restaurants and cafés hidden in its laneways are all part of Melbourne's glamorous charms. Then, turning out, explore stunning and diverse landscapes teeming with unique Australian wildlife just a short distance from the city, including one of the world's best drives – the Great Ocean Road. Or discover the globally renowned wines of Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula, alongside the wildlife and natural attractions of Phillip Island, Wilsons Promontory and the Grampians.


Whether a culture buff , sports nut, foodie or fashionista, you’ll find your niche in Melbourne. Enjoy a sunset beer on the St Kilda promenade, see the Southern Hemisphere’s best collection of international art, or browse the boutiques of trendy Brunswick Street. Whatever you get up to, don’t miss Melbourne’s Laneways, a maze of hidden arcades and lantern-lit lanes that are the city’s cultural heart.

Don't miss Flinders Street railway station, a French Renaissance icon that lends Melbourne a unique charm

Winelands & wildlife

Less than an hour from Melbourne is the Yarra Valley, Victoria’s oldest and best-known wine region, where you’ll find more than 80 wineries, several excellent restaurants and national parks home to kangaroos, emus, dingoes, wombats and platypus. Also close to the state capital is the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, where fertile hills and lavender farms spill down to a series of sheltered beaches where diving and sailing are among the activities available, and Phillip Island – a natural haven for huge colonies of little penguins, Australia fur seals, koalas and birdlife.

Ask us about a hot air balloon excursion over the vineyards of Victoria, before ending with a private wine tasting experience

Grampians & the Great Ocean Road

In the northwest of the state, the Grampians National Park is one of Victoria's most outstanding regions, famed for everything from its mountainous features and abundant wildlife to its Aboriginal culture and rock art sites. The hikes are especially impressive, with the Grampians Peaks Trail a special highlight. In the south, Victoria’s coast is awash with wildlife-rich national parks, historic ports, thundering waterfalls and spectacular surf beaches, all of which can be explored along the 243 kilometre-long Great Ocean Road, which winds its way from Geelong to Portland, past one of Australia’s most recognisable sights – the magnificent 12 Apostles.


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Top itineraries in Victoria

Great Ocean Road, Victoria

Melbourne, the Grampians & Great Ocean Road

12-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,695 pp incl. flights

Swap Melbourne’s city sights for golden sands, world-class vineyards and the magnificent Twelve Apostles as you drive one of the world’s greatest coastal roads.

Sea Cliff Bridge, New South Wales, Australia

Sydney to Melbourne Coastal Drive

17-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,155 pp incl. flights

Discover the dramatic coastline between two of Australia's city greats, enjoying the likes of penguin parades on beautiful island reserves and stays in luxury bush camps.

Two Hands Wines, South Australia

Great Southern luxury: Adelaide to Brisbane by rail

14-day tailor made luxury rail journey from £5,160 pp incl. flights

This tailor-made rail journey is bookended by stays in the wine-soaked Barossa Valley and Brisbane's bushland. Take in the spectacular scenery of Australia's south east, with all-inclusive dining and fine wines on board the Great Southern.

Top places to stay in Victoria

Studio apartment

Oak Tree Lodge, Phillip Island

Small & intimate hotel

Oak Tree Lodge offers just four beautiful apartments in a tranquil setting in the peaceful village of Rhyll on Phillip Island.

Royal Mail Hotel

The Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld

Contemporary hotel

This characterful hotel, located in the southern Grampians, has one of the best restaurants in Australia and is the perfect place for an interlude as you make your way to or from the Great Ocean Road.

Waverley House Cottages, Lakes Entrance

Waverley House Cottages, Lakes Entrance

Small & intimate lodge

Enjoy some rural relaxation in your very own bushland cottage where nights are spent by a roaring fire and private verandahs offer views out the tranquil Bass Strait. Throw in seafood platters, barbecues and hot tubs and this is rural chic at its best.

Crown Promenade

Crown Promenade, Melbourne

Contemporary hotel

The modern and stylish Crown Promenade is in the centre of Southbank and is perfectly placed for easy access for local entertainment.

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Where to go in Victoria



Melbourne is Australia’s cultural capital. A wealth of distinct city precincts - each with a unique character – such as Collins Street, Chinatown, The Greek Quarter, Flinders Quarter and the Yarra Precinct all add to Melbourne’s rich, multicultural heritage.

Great Ocean Road, Victoria

Great Ocean Road

Victoria’s Great Ocean Road is one of the world’s most scenic driving routes, home to the famous 12 Apostles rock formations. The road follows the rocky coast southwest for 243km from Torquay to Allansford.

Victoria vineyards

Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges

The Yarra Valley’s wineries launched the state’s wine industry, and at under an hour from Melbourne are still the perfect place to indulge the pleasures of fine food, wine and nature.

Grant Point, western tip of Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia

Mornington Peninsula & Phillip Island

The Mornington Peninsula is just an hour from Melbourne and combines the best in coastal living with typical Aussie charm. Hop across the sea to watch penguins on parade on the beaches of Phillip Island.

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When to go to Victoria

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Victoria is notorious for its ‘four seasons in one day’, when it can go from steaming hot to torrential rain and have you in a jumper before dinner is on the table. Having said that, summers are warm and generally dry, with temperatures in the mid-twenties along the coast between December and March, and sometimes later. Alpine areas are generally cooler, especially in winter, when skiing is possible at the state’s high-altitude winter resorts.

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    Where to spot koalas in Victoria

    With its diversity of landscapes and climates, Victoria is the preferred home to many of Australia's most iconic native animals. As well as widespread habitats of kangaroos and wombats, the state has the largest and most thriving population of wild koalas in Australia.

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    Australia’s top 10 iconic landscapes

    Australia is one of the most varied landscapes on earth. It's got a range of stunning, idiosyncratic landscapes, from the snow-capped peaks of the Australian Alps to wildlife-rich coral reefs, crystal-clear lakes, bio-diverse tropical rainforests, and dust-filled deserts.

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