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Overview

About Victoria

Hugging the tip of Australia's east coast, Victoria is Australia's second-smallest state, covering 227,600 square kilometres – roughly the size of the British Isles.

A wealth of diverse regions and attractions are packed into this compact area, with sweeping coastlines, pristine beaches and national parks and forests teeming with wildlife, plus wineries, lakes and mountains offering skiing, climbing and hiking. Best of all, many of Victoria's unique and varied landscapes are easily reached as day trips from Melbourne.

Seasons and climate

Despite the small size, Victoria's climate varies across the state. The north has much drier and warmer weather than the south. Australia's seasons are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere. The climate is warm to hot in summer (December to February), mild in autumn (March to May), crisp in winter (June to August), and cool in spring (September to November).

Melbourne

Victoria's capital, Melbourne, sits on the banks of the Yarra River and around the shores of Port Phillip Bay. Melbourne boasts a packed program of festivals and events, Australia's best and most stylish shopping, has a lively passion for eating and drinking, and supports a flourishing arts scene.

Events

Melbourne and Victoria host some of Australia's most prestigious events throughout the year, including the Spring Racing Carnival culminating in the Melbourne Cup in November, the Australian Open Tennis in January, Melbourne Food & Wine Festival and the Formula 1™ Australian Grand Prix in March, Melbourne International Comedy Festival March to April, international jazz, film and writers' festivals May through September, and Melbourne Festival in October. Victoria also hosts an ever-changing schedule of blockbuster exhibitions from around the world.

Heritage

Grand nineteenth-century architecture and elegant gardens, built following the discovery of gold, are a reminder of Victoria's 'Gold Rush' past, while Aboriginal cultural landmarks and landscapes continue to connect Indigenous Australians from South Eastern Australia with a living cultural heritage dating back more than 60,000 years.

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Things to do

Itineraries

Follow a self-guided itinerary and see the very best of Melbourne's lifestyle and attractions.

Food and wine

Melbourne is a melting pot of cultures, a fact reflected in its microcosmos of restaurants and cafes.

Shopping

Find where to start your fashion, jewellery, furniture or fine art shopping spree.

Spectator sports

From the crack of the bat to the roar of the engine, the city is a prime playing field throughout the year.

History and heritage

Explore Melbourne's rich and diverse cultural heritage in historic buildings and monuments.

Aboriginal Victoria

Take a heritage walk and visit cultural centres, galleries and museums in and around Melbourne.

Leisure activities

Live the life of leisure and be as busy as you please at any of Melbourne's fun-filled activities.

Spa and wellbeing

Melbourne offers plenty of opportunities for visitors to indulge in soothing relaxation therapies.

Entertainment

Discover clubs and bars, live music venues, comedy, jazz, cinema, cabaret and old style pubs.

Art and culture

Melbourne is home to world-class arts and cultural heritage institutions, and community events.

Family activities

There's plenty of things to do for the whole family in Melbourne from museums to wildlife parks.

Outdoor activities

Make the most of the rivers and parks Melbourne has to offer with a range of outdoor activities.

Tours

Explore Melbourne on foot with an expert walking guide, join a bus tour or ride the City Circle.

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