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Discover Magical Victoria

In 1901 Victoria became a state in the Commonwealth of Australia. As a result of the gold rush, Melbourne had by then become the financial centre of Australia and New Zealand. Between 1901 and 1927, Melbourne was the capital of Australia while Canberra was under construction.

Magical Journeys to Victoria

• Melbourne

Destination Guide Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne, often referred to as the sporting capital of Australia, hosts many major Australian sporting events including: the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival (including the 'race that stops the nation', the Melbourne Cup), the Australian Formula One Grand Prix, the Australian Tennis Open and the AFL Grand Final …

• Phillip Island

Phillip Island Tours, Travel & Activities

More than just penguins and furry koalas, Phillip Island is also an island of coastal beauty and quirky Australian culture. Walk the trails of Cape Woolamai for panoramic views of the shoreline, and watch as waves thunderously crash against towering granite sea stacks …

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» Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre

Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Victoria

This world-class destination, 100 percent owned and operated by Australia's Aboriginal people, is nestled into the scenic backdrop of the continent's own unique indigenous flora and fauna. Visitors agree that the incredible architecture, pristine grounds and knowledgeable staff make Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Center one of Victoria's top destinations. Travelers can tour ancient rock art while they learn about the traditions of one of Australian's oldest people. Interesting exhibits explore the chronological history of native cultures …

» Cape Schanck Lighthouse

Cape Schanck Lighthouse, Victoria

The Cape Schanck Lighthouse has been operational since it was built in 1859. Constructed from limestone and sandstone, to this day the lighthouse still uses its original mechanisms to function. Situated in the Mornington Peninsula National Park in Victoria, the Cape Schanck Lighthouse offers a glimpse into the past. As well as regular guided tours, the lighthouse station has a kiosk, a museum, and an information center. Visitors can also stay the night in the old lightkeeper's cottages, making the Cape Schanck Lighthouse a unique base for exploring …

» Dandenongs

Dandenongs, Victoria

Located about 22 mi (35 km) east of Melbourne, the Dandenong Ranges are made up of low mountains with gullies lush with ferns, trees and streams. Though it served as a main source of timber through the late 19th century, preservation efforts culminated with the formation of the Dandenong Ranges National Park in 1987. The park enjoys many visitors throughout the year, including those riding on the popular Puffing Billy Railway, which winds through the southern part of the ranges …

» Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum, Victoria

The Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum is home to one of Australia's most prominent shipwreck collections and is set in a 19th-century village overlooking Victoria's Shipwreck Coast. More than 180 shipwrecks have occurred along the coastline here, including the famous Loch Ard disaster. The Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum documents these, and educates visitors of the maritime heritage of both the Shipwreck Coast and the Great Ocean Road. Come nightfall, the Flagstaff Hill village puts on a spectacular show using special effects to bring the tragic story of the Loch Ard wreck to life …

» Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road , Victoria

Victoria's Great Ocean Road is great in every sense of the word. If you're driving, you'll discover one of the most famous coastal stretches of road in the world. If you're surfing, you'll find point break heaven. And if you're looking for breathtaking seaside vistas at every turn, you've found them. This stretch of Victoria's coast is known for its long empty beaches and crashing surf …

» Lake Mountain Alpine Resort

Lake Mountain Alpine Resort, Victoria

When winter snows begin falling in June in Victoria's inland mountains, Melbourne residents grab their jackets and make the drive to Lake Mountain. As the closest alpine ski resort to the streets of downtown Melbourne, Lake Mountain Alpine Ski Resort is a convenient, scenic winter escape from the hustle of urban life. With its 23 miles of cross-country trails, the resort exclusively features cross-country skiing as opposed to downhill or snowboarding. Tobogganing is fun for younger visitors, and especially those who live near the beach and rarely encounter snow …

» Mornington Peninsula

Mornington Peninsula, Victoria

Melbourne's Mornington Peninsula lies only and hour's drive from Melbourne, but seems miles away in actuality. Closely akin to the climate of the Mediterranean, the Mornington Peninsula is widely loved for its cool breeze, hill-side vineyards, olive groves, and country estate retreats. People that come here often wish they could stay for a lifetime, and some do. A leisurely place, the peninsula garners its fame from its beautiful rustic scenery. Boot-shaped like Italy, many prefer to explore the little seaside villages that dot the coastline …

» Powers Lookout

Powers Lookout, Victoria

High in the hinterlands of northeastern Victoria above the fertile King Valley, Powers Lookout offers travelers a view that makes talkative folks go silent. This mountainous area is notorious as being the holdout of Australia's bushrangers - 19th-century outlaws and bandits who lived a life on the run. One of those bushrangers was Henry Powers who was captured here in 1870, and who also served as an early mentor to folk hero outlaw Ned Kelly. When visiting Powers Lookout today, climb the steep, adventurous trail to reach the second lookout …

» Steavenson Falls

Steavenson Falls, Victoria

Tumbling 122 meters from the steep cliffs of the Steavenson River valley, the Steavenson Falls make an impressive sight, with the river cascading over 5 tiers. Despite being among the areas damaged in Victoria's 2009 bushfires, the area remains one of the region's most scenic natural reserves, surrounded by the looming peaks of the Yarra Ranges, ancient woodlands and lush pockets of rainforest. Most visitors to the falls follow the short trail to the viewing platform beneath the falls, but there are also ample options for hiking and bird watching …

» Yarra Valley

Yarra Valley, Victoria

Rolling hills, manicured vineyards, tranquil towns and a renowned gourmet trail - welcome to the Yarra Valley! This scenic slice of rural Victoria is an easy drive from central Melbourne, and a popular spot for hot-air balloon rides, winery lunches and scenic Sunday drives. Most notably, the Yarra Valley is one of Australia's prime wine-growing regions. Wine-tasting at boutique wineries and long, lazy lunches at vineyard restaurants are popular pursuits. Pick up some notable pinot noir, chardonnay or sparkling wines at vineyards like Domain Chandon, De Bortoli and Yering Station …

» You Yangs Regional Park

You Yangs Regional Park, Victoria

Home to the granite You Yangs ridges that rise to the west of Melbourne, Victoria's You Yangs Regional Park offers travelers a way to escape to 'the Bush' and be back in Melbourne by dinner. Best known for its 30 miles of accessible mountain bike trails, the hiking, rock climbing and horseback riding are also some of the best you'll find within an hour of Melbourne. On a climb to the top of Flinders Peak - which tops out near 1,200 feet - hikers are met with panoramic views from Melbourne south toward Geelong. Keep an eye out for bouncing kangaroos or koalas up in the trees …

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Victoria is a state located in the south-eastern corner of Australia. It is the smallest mainland state in area, but the most densely populated and urbanised. Victoria began in the 1830s as a farming community. The discovery of gold in 1851 transformed it into a leading industrial and commercial centre. Melbourne is Victoria's capital and largest city, with more than 70% of all Victorians living there.

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Prior to European settlement, the area now constituting Victoria was inhabited by a large number of Aboriginal peoples, collectively known as the Koori. With Great Britain having claimed the entire Australian continent east of the 135th meridian east in 1788, Victoria was included in the wider colony of New South Wales …

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