Holidays in Victoria Australia
During an 1885 visit to the then capital of the Australian gold rush, English journalist George Augustus Henry Sala coined the phrase “Marvellous Melbourne”, a moniker that has stuck to this day.
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Less than an hour’s drive south, the Mornington Peninsula is a little slice of the Mediterranean jutting out into the Bass Strait, bounded by calm waters and gorgeous surf lapped beaches, laced with olive groves, vineyards and pretty, upmarket towns like Sorrento and Mornington itself.
Another short skip round the coast brings you to picturesque Phillip Island, made famous by its particularly cute daily Penguin Parade and home to a whole raft of Aussie animals including koalas and wallabies. Then just across the low hills of the Dandenong Ranges lies the Yarra Valley, one of Australia’s premier wine regions. It’s hard to think of a better way to spend a day than amidst the vines, cellar doors and gourmet restaurants of this epicurean paradise.
Stunning coastal panoramas and the iconic Twelve Apostles are the calling card of the Great Ocean Road, a 160 mile long scenic drive that ranks as one of the finest in the world. Packed with diverse national parks, delightful towns and gorgeous surf beaches.
Heading inland the scenery’s no less impressive. Set across a series of five spectacular sandstone ridges the Grampians National Park is a rugged wilderness rich in native wildlife, aboriginal art and outdoor activities.