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.
Top itineraries in Victoria
Drive one of the world’s greatest coastal drives as you trace Victoria’s spectacular coastline. Swap Melbourne’s city cool for golden sands, vineyards and the Twelve Apostles.
Discover the dramatic coastline between Sydney and Melbourne and enjoy penguin parades on beautiful island reserves and a luxury bush camp stay in Jervis Bay.
A six night self-drive starting in Melbourne, shows you the very best of Victoria’s world-class wine and stunning wildlife.
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Top places to stay in Victoria
Enjoy an authentic bush experience combined with luxury comforts at Wilsons Wilderness Retreats, with amazing wildlife opportunities and guided activities.
Oak Tree Lodge offers just four beautiful apartments in a tranquil setting in the peaceful village of Rhyll on Phillip Island.
The Langham Hotel Melbourne is a reinterpretation of the original Langham grand hotel, offering the city’s finest luxury hotel experience.
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.
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.
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.
When to go to Victoria
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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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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