Signing up for a guided tour can be a great way to experience the best of Victoria in a short time, but for those with a taste for adventure will be rewarded when stepping out on their our own. Choose from a plethora of walking tracks, cycling trails and scenic drives, all offering crowd-free sightseeing through some of Victoria's most inspiring landscapes.
Leave the city behind and revel in nature's beauty on one of Victoria's most impressive multi-day hikes. Described as 'mild to wild' for its changing scenery as the journey progresses, the Great Ocean Walk rewards with abundant wildlife and panoramic views, Indigenous heritage and fascinating history. Stand at the finish line and look out at the famous sandstone spires known as the 12 Apostles. Campsites are dotted along the 100 kilometre (62 mile) trail, or, for those who prefer their creature comforts, hotel and B&B accommodation are easily accessible.
Ramble through Victoria’s pristine High Country and discover a foodie haven full of rolling vineyards, orchards and farms. Take charge and explore the region at your own pace. Cycle along the pedal to produce trails, which take you past farmgates, provedores and village producers. Savour gourmet local cheeses and fresh honey or fill up on berries, cherries, apples and chestnuts at orchards. While away an hour or two at cellar doors, winery restaurants and breweries and pick up a case of your new favourites.
Experience the grandeur of Wilsons Promontory National Park, a 505 square kilometre (314 square mile) reserve on the southernmost tip of Australia's mainland. Home to rainforest and rocky outcrops, abundant native wildlife and sandy white beaches, 'The Prom' boasts plentiful walking trails. Take your pick from short walks and day treks or challenge yourself on the multi-day Wilsons Promontory Southern Circuit. Visitors are free to camp, caravan or stay in cabins at Tidal River, located about three hours drive from Melbourne. Those arriving from September onwards can enjoy a boat tour that runs along the coastline and on to the colony of Australian fur seals.