VICTORIA

Victoria is one of the six states of Australia, with Melbourne as its capital. If you want to visit something else other than the city, here are some of the places that I visited and liked the most.

WILSON PROMONTORY

If you are looking for the perfect plan for a weekend outside the city, here it is. Known as 'The Prom', it is approximately a 3 hour drive from the city - Unfortunately there is no public transport, but admission is free. My advice: rent a van, or a car and camp.

In addition to having a spectacular landscape, its fauna is unique. Wombats, kangaroos, wallabies and emus among others will be the animals that you will surely find.

 

What to see?

 

The park is quite large and there is much to see and walk. If you do not have time to explore it thoroughly, I recommend you to visit the following points:

 

  • Climb to the top of Mount Oberon. It is a climb that will take you about 2 or 3 hours but, trust me, the views are worth it.

  • Whiskey bay: Walk on its rock formations by the sea.

  • Picnic Bay: Right next to the Whiskey Bay and less frequently visited.

  • Squeaky beach: Walk barefoot and discover the reason for its name.

  • Do some of the 'wild' walks that will allow you to see the animals mentioned above. Always respecting safety regulations.

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GREAT OCEAN ROAD

As the name implies, it is a great route along the coast of the Victoria state. Considered one of the best road routes in Australia that you cannot miss. 243 km of route on the southern coast of Australia linking the villages of Torquay and Allansfor.

You will need a minimum of 3 days if you want to enjoy the route. Although for those who do not have time you can take a day trip to visit The Twelve Apostles.

How to do the route?

My advice is to do it from Melbourne heading west, and as always I will recommend for any trip in Australia, by car or by van. Depending on what type of traveler you are, you have different accommodation options. My option, camping.

What to see?

  • Split Point House: Before the route is about to start look for this lighthouse by the sea.

  • Torquay: Surfer town.

  • Bells beach: Very close to Torquay you will find one of the most famous beaches in the world, since its waves are considered the best around the globe. The Rip Curl Surf Championship is held here every year.

  • Lorne: Very picturesque coastal town where you can stock up on provisions for the route.

  • Great Otways National Park: Full of routes, all of them in which you will see huge trees and if you are lucky-like I was- you will see wild koalas.

  • Castle Cove: Mandatory stop at this lookout.

  • The  12 Apostles: These rock formations eroded by strong waves are very famous for their majesty. Visit it at sunset and walk along the beach feeling tiny.

  • Loch Beach and Gorge and Bay of Martys: I could not visit it but I hope you do not miss it!

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GRAMPIANS

​The Grampians National Park is one of the most spectacular natural settings in the state of Victoria, located about 235 km west of Melbourne, and considered a national heritage since 2006.

In one day you can visit the best known spots in the park but if you have time to explore more you have much more to discover.

What to see?

  • Boroka lookout:One of the best views you'll get from this place.

  • Reed lookout and Mount William lookout: Another place to have stunning views.

  • Mackenzie Falls

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MT BULLET

Mt Bullet is a town located in the Australian Alps. A very popular resort in the winter months for snow sports.

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DANDENONG RANGES

The Dandenong Mountain Ranges are a set of low mountain ranges, whose highest point is 633 meters. It is probably the closest getaway to the city of Melbourne that offers a wide variety of activities, my favorite is the Rainforest. There are many possible paths, our choice was from the main entrance to Grants picnic ground.

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PHILLIP ISLAND

The island located southeast of Melbourne, for which you have access by road, is very famous for its wildlife, especially the penguins. About the penguins I have to say that there is a 'show' around them. I advise you to try to see them sleeping in a natural habitat on the beach. In my opinion it is more real like this.

What to see?

 

  • Pyramid Rock Lookout: What I liked the most was not the rock but the walk.

  • Flynns Beach, Shelley Beach, Cowrie Beach: On these beaches you can see the penguins sleeping in their burrows, snakes and sea lions.

  • The Nobbies boardwalk: Walk by the coast with stunning views.

  • Phillip Island Gran Prix circuit: The famous racing circuit is here.

  • Pinnacles lookout: Rock formations on the coast.

  • Parks and animal shelters

  • If you have time on your way back to Melbourne, visit Mornington Peninsula, or book it for another weekend.

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