Bust out your binoculars and get serious about twitching in the Dandenong Ranges, prized for its lyrebird sights, or further afield at Croajingolong National Park, home to half of Victoria's (and one third of Australia's) bird species.
12. Lake Elizabeth
Paddle with platypuses on Lake Elizabeth. Hidden deep in the Otways, the lake is one of the best places in Australia to see the elusive platypus in the wild. Be ready to paddle at dawn or dusk for your best chance to glimpse the curious monotreme.
13. Wilsons Promontory Cruise
Take a full-day Wildlife Coast Cruise from Port Welshpool to explore Wilsons Promontory from the water. Stop at pristine, deserted beaches for lunch, view the lighthouse from the ocean, and discover the fur seal colony at Kanowna Island.
Enjoy up-close encounters at Victoria's best wildlife sanctuaries. Feed the animals, talk to keepers and meet local fauna you might not get to see in the wild. Healesville Sanctuary and Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park are both within easy reach of Melbourne.
Enjoy the tranquillity of temperate rainforest in the Dandenongs, the Otways and Tarra Bulga National Park. Find yourself dwarfed by the mountain ash of the Black Spur and by the California Redwood grove in the Otways (with nearby waterfalls to boot).
Sleep in five-star comfort under millions more at Victoria's best glamping sites. Treat yourself to a stay at Metung Hot Springs, Halls Gap Lakeside Tourist Park in the Grampians or Pyrenees Glamping Retreat in Goldfields.
17. Glow worms
By day, Melba Gully in the Great Otway National Park delivers lush self-guided rainforest walks. After dark, thousands of tiny glow worms transform the tranquil bushland into a spectacular constellation of tiny lights. Glow worms also reside at Mait's Rest, near Apollo Bay, and Kennett River.
18. Mountain biking
Set out on an epic adventure and explore more than 100 kilometres of cross-country trails at Mount Buller. Don't miss the Australian Alpine Epic Trail. Over at Falls Creek, Blue Dirt Mountain Biking will shuttle you up the mountain for a killer run back down.
19. High Country horse riding
Saddle up for an equine adventure through stunning alpine scenery. Whether beginner or Man From Snowy River, you'll find a single or multi-day ride at a comfort level to suit. Sleep under the stars in a swag or enjoy the creature comforts of a deluxe spa cabin.
20. Salt Lakes
See Victoria's true colours at dusk and dawn. Our salt lakes' vivid hues and reflections are a photographer's dream. Think pink at Lake Tyrrell, Victoria's largest salt lake, 75 kilometres from Swan Hill; at Murray-Sunset National Park's Pink Lakes; and at Pink Lake, Dimboola.
21. Desert landscapes
Discover the extraordinary diversity of Victoria's desert parks, ideal for off-road adventurers, wildlife watchers and twitchers alike. Don't miss Little Desert in the Grampians and, further north, the Murray's Hattah-Kulkyne National Park and Murray-Sunset National Park. Just make sure to check the Parks Victoria website for up-to-date flood warnings and closures.
22. Rock climbing
Get to grips with Victoria's best rock climbing and take your pick of more than 2,000 designated climbs at world-renowned Mount Arapiles. At Mount Buffalo, cliff picnics take dining to new heights (a suspended ledge 300 metres above the valley floor).
23. The Murray River
Venture along the mighty Murray River for some of Victoria's best wildlife watching. See kangaroos, koalas, goannas, emus and abundant birdlife. Make time for a stroll through Barmah National Park, a sublime forest and wetlands area home to more than 200 native bird species, and to explore Gunbower Island, Australia's largest inland island.
Hit the slopes at Victoria's alpine resorts. Day tripper or expert skier, you'll find plenty of frosty fun to suit on downhill runs and cross-country trails, half pipes and terrain parks, husky rides and toboggan runs, snowshoe adventures and sunset snowmobile tours.
Follow the roar to truly spectacular waterfalls. Seek Victoria's largest waterfall, MacKenzie Falls, in Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park; the tiered Toorongo Falls in Gippsland; and the cascading trifecta of Erskine Falls, Beauchamp Falls and Triplet Falls in the Great Otway National Park.