Discover Victoria's diverse regions:
Spend some time in the city centre and you'll discover it's neatly divided into little pockets for you to explore. Find art, bars and restaurants up and down in the laneways, retail therapy for any budget in Bourke and Collins streets, and creative outlets on show in Flinders Quarter. St Kilda Road means galleries and gardens, while neighbouring Yarra Precinct and Docklands deliver waterside views by the boatload. Just a tram ride away, the eclectic neighbourhoods on the city fringe offer endless possibilities. There are the hipster cool northern suburbs of Collingwood and Fitzroy, upmarket meccas South Yarra, Prahran and Toorak, or take your beach towel (or yacht) to bayside St Kilda, Port Melbourne and South Melbourne, and go west for more fabulous food and beaches.
The Yarra Valley is home to more than 80 wineries, ranging from small, family-owned operations to large estates. The region is renowned for producing Australia's finest pinot noir and sparkling wine, along with a range of other cool-climate wines. It was Victoria's first planted wine region back in 1838. The region is known for its fresh produce including freshwater salmon, trout and caviar, organically grown fruit and vegetables and handmade cheeses and preserves. Follow one of the many self-drive wine trails and fill your picnic hamper on the Yarra Valley Food Trail or at the many huge, fresh food markets.
A short distance from Melbourne you'll find the rolling hills, orchards, olive groves, historic mansions, and more than 200 vineyards of Victoria's Mornington Peninsula. In this food lover's region, you can buy organic vegetables from roadside stalls or pick your own strawberries, berries and cherries from orchards. Wander amongst olive groves with ocean views or picnic in one of the many public and private gardens. There are century-old rose gardens, sculpted hedge mazes and heritage homes to enjoy. After your food and wine journey relax in a day spa or play a round on one of Australia's top golf courses.
GREAT OCEAN ROAD
The Great Southern Touring Route turns the romance of the road trip into a grand love affair. Drive along the Great Ocean Road past the iconic surf spots of Torquay and Bells Beach, then onto the holiday haven of Lorne and the magnificent Twelve Apostles. Walk through waterfalls and lush forest in Otway National Park and watch whales from the historic town of Warrnambool. Stretch out your journey with a stay in any of the many scenic seaside towns, from Apollo Bay to Port Fairy. Away from the wild and windswept Southern Ocean, you can explore Aboriginal history in the Grampians andgold rush heritage in Ballarat.
DAYLESFORD AND MACEDON RANGES
Re-energise in the natural mineral waters, sample gourmet food and wine and stay in luxurious accommodation in Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges. The region famed for its naturally occurring mineral springs and exquisite local produce invites you to soak up the goodness and enjoy its day spas, restaurants, galleries, wineries, boutique shops and markets.
Phillip Island is a veritable wonderland of Australian native wildlife. Witness Phillip Island's little penguins on parade, watch seals fishing from the rocks, and spy koalas dozing up in the treetops. Make the pilgrimage to the Penguin Parade, a Phillip Island institution, and observe the little penguins as they emerge from the sea and waddle across the beach to their sand dune burrows. The Penguin Parade Visitor Centre at Phillip Island Nature Park has a range of great activities and displays to help understand these icons of the island. Join a wildlife cruise to see the colony of 16,000 Australian fur seals at Seal Rocks, and spot koalas as you wander among the treetops at the Koala Conservation Centre. Count the wading birds in the wetlands at Rhyll Inlet or, if you're visiting in April/May, watch the annual shearwater migration from rugged bluffs at Cape Woolamai.
The gold might have gone but the good times are still rolling in the elegant, historic regional centre of Bendigo. Its grand, opulent buildings, Chinese heritage and living museums are a visible legacy of the 1850s and 60s gold rush that transformed the region.
You can't miss the Grampians, a majestic island of mountain and forest rising out of flat farmland in Victoria's west. Its national parks are home to a huge array of native plants and animals and a rich and continuing Aboriginal history.
Victoria's High Country provides an interesting selection of national parks, mountain ranges, snow resorts, lakes, rivers, wineries, historic towns and bush legends.
THE MURRAY RIVER
Replenish the soul, reconnect with nature and share the best of the outdoor life amid the sunny climes of the vibrant Murray River region. Splash around on sandy river beaches, wander through towering red gum forests, or take a cruise downriver on a paddle steamer or canoe. Enjoy a party? Kick up your heels at music, food and wine festivals all year-round, delve into the rich pioneer history, and then stroll the fairways of some the country's finest golf courses
Be inspired by the space and solitude in Gippsland's unspoilt beaches, lakes and mountains, then dip into bustling gourmet waterfront villages.