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Victoria, Australia is home to many of the country's most historic areas and towns. The city of Melbourne is the capital and is situated on the banks of the Yarra River and along the shores of Port Phillip Bay and Westernport Bay. Melbourne is renowned for its cosmopolitan, multicultural atmosphere, its wonderful restaurants and pubs, its support for all things sporting, its weather which uniquely features four seasons in one day and is the birthplace of Australian rules football. Accommodation in Melbourne ranges from backpacker hostels through motels, apartments and hotels. It is famous for the quality of its service. Melbourne is also the capital of shopping in Australia and every tourist should visit centres like Chadstone shopping centre during their stay.
Just south of Melbourne on the eastern shore of the bay lies the Mornington Peninsular. This area is renowned as one of Australia's finest wine growing regions and the visitor should make sure to visit some of the wineries. On the other side of Westernport Bay lies Phillip Island. Most famous for its colony of fairy penguins it also features some wonderful panoramas of its wild and windswept coastline. Phillip Island is also home to the Australian Moto GP. One of Australia's largest colonies of koalas also calls Phillip Island home and it is possible to see them in the wild and also to get up close and personal at the Koala sanctuary. Lying to the east is the region called Gippsland. This region is home to the famous Gippsland Lakes, Mt Baw Baw ski fields, the ninety mile beach and the bushwalkers paradise of Wilsons Promentory.
The south western coastline of Victoria is world famous for the Great Ocean Road. The twelve apostles are the icon tourist destination of the area and the road follows the spectacular coastline in an ever changing panorama of wild and windswept coastline interspersed with beaches and beautiful villages like Torquay, Lorne, Apollo Bay, Port Campbell, Warnambool, Port Fairy and Portland. Try the restaurants in this region and sample the local seafood which is second to none. These coastal towns are famous for fishing, surfing, whale watching and bushwalking.
In the north of Victoria you will find the Murray River region. The Murray River at 2700 kilometers is one of the longest navigable rivers in the world. The towns of Echuca and Mildura are famous for their riverboats and agriculture and it is possible to take a paddle steamer trip along the river which will be one of the most relaxing holidays you will ever have. The area is also renowned for its restaurants. Victorian lamb from this region is considered to be the best in Australia so go and try some!
In the north west of the state lies the Victorian high country. Some of Australia's best ski-fields lie in this region. Mt Hotham is Australia's highest ski resort and the only one where the accommodation village is at the top of the mountain. Mt Hotham offers runs to suit all standards of skier from beginner to Olympic standard. Nearby is the mountain resort of Falls Creek which is accessed through the town of Bright. This area is probably the most scenically beautiful in Australia and is a must see at any time of year. It is particularly beautiful during autumn. Not far away is the spectacular Mt Buller which offers some of the most spectacular vistas of Australian mountain grandeur together with skiing during the season.
In this website you will find information on Victorian accommodation, car hire and rental, motorhome and campervan hire, Victorian hotels and apartments together with holiday specials and packages and information on rail, coach and airlines. www.victravel.com.au is the answer to all your Victorian vacation needs.