Melbourne is most definitely Australia’s culture capital. This cosmopolitan city is dripping with restaurants, cafés, art galleries, museums and fashion. Plus, it’s just a short day trip away from world renowned natural wonders, incredible wildlife and premium wine regions.
Located in Australia’s southern state of Victoria, Melbourne is Australia’s second largest city with a growing population of more than 4 million people. It’s a vibrant city with just the right architectural mix of colonial heritage and contemporary design; from the European grandeur of Flinders Street Station to the brave innovation of Federation Square.
The city is a gateway to an array of amazing adventures. Travel east of the city and experience one of the world’s best road trips on the Great Ocean Road. This winding road runs between lush green farm land and the rugged southern coastline of Australia. It will lead you to popular surfing beaches and the world renowned Twelve Apostles.
Melbourne is a city of foodies and nothing delights them more than a good bottle of wine to accompany their meal. The nearby Yarra Valley is Victoria’s premium wine region producing internationally recognised wines in a range of classic styles. You’ll find more wineries and even a strawberry farm to amuse your taste buds on the picturesque Mornington Peninsula just south of the city.
If it’s wildlife you’re after, look no further than Phillip Island. Just a two hour drive from Melbourne, this charming island is home to a colony of approximately 32,000 Little Penguins. Watch as these adorable little creatures scurry out of the sea and onto the sand each night during the famous Penguin Parade.
The town of Ballarat, North West of Melbourne, was founded during the gold rush of the 1850s. You can immerse yourself in the colour and excitement of the town’s gold rush era at the interactive outdoor museum, Sovereign Hill. Further west you’ll find one of the world’s oldest and most impressive mountain ranges, Grampians National Park. This region boasts a myriad of native wildlife, ancient Aboriginal rock art and spectacular views.
Victoria’s cooler climate means it’s the perfect place for some fun in the snow. Travel across the Great Dividing Range three hours North East of Melbourne and you’ll come to the beautiful Mt. Buller snowfields. There’s 300 hectares of skiable terrain, scenic panoramas and plenty of places to eat, drink and relax after a day of skiing.