Unique, odd & epic attractions
Victoria is full of personality and history, with unique sights and unusual experiences tucked away in Melbourne and our smallest regional towns. Set out on a winter road trip across Victoria to discover some of the lesser-known hits, from the epic and one-of-a-kind to the wonderfully weird.
Lovers of 'big things' can seek out Henry's Wodonga Bakery, home to the world's largest rolling pin, and the Rutherglen Wine Bottle, a water tower masquerading as a bottle of the region's famous vino. Keep it kitsch along the Western Highway between Horsham and Stawell with a stop at the 14-metre-high bronze and fibre-glass Giant Koala. Dine in the big bear's belly and pick up a souvenir.
Natural wonders abound in strange formations, pushed up deep from the earth and scattered across its surface: discover soft quartz sand that squeaks, wondrous dunes known as The Big Drift and a granite rock island that eerily resembles a skull at Wilsons Promontory National Park.
Up in Victoria's north, the arid conditions of The Murray give rise to cactus gardens, pink salt lakes, the largest river red gum forest in the world and the breathtaking lunar-esque rock formations of Mungo National Park.
Follow the Silo Art Trail, where talented street artists have brought agricultural silos to life with extraordinary colourful murals. Or enjoy an unexpectedly moving experience at the Murtoa Stick Shed – an enormous World War II era grain store.
In Melbourne, dig a little deeper to find the Taoist Heavenly Queen Temple along the Maribyrnong River in Footscray, a flying fox colony at Yarra Bend along the Yarra River, and the first surf park in Australia – UrbnSurf. Practise some axe-throwing, if that's your thing. Explore urban art arcades or tour one of the largest house museum private art collections in the country at Lyon Housemuseum Galleries.