Victoria is a state famed for its commercial success, the greenery of its gardens and quality of its food, its cosmopolitan atmosphere, and for being an ideal balance between the offerings of both New South Wales and Tasmania.
The capital city, Melbourne, is Australia's second largest city in terms of population after Sydney, and is often described by visitors as having a distinctly "European" atmosphere owing to its abundance of open-air cafes and wide range of shopping districts full of world-famous brands and fashions.
Victoria has also recently become a major player on the world's wine stage, with its valley region's cool climate producing ideal environmental conditions for grape growing, resulting in numerous wineries and vineyards coming to prominence. Its large range of attractions include some of the country's best zoos, nature parks and wildlife sanctuaries, with animals of all kinds on display, including those that are native to colder climates being viewable in the wild at certain destinations. Hot air ballooning has also witnessed a recent boom, with the state's verdant valleys providing breathtaking scenery to glide over and observe from several thousand feet above. Key areas to visit in Victoria include:
Each of these locations offer a different atmosphere and focus on what to do - the state's relatively small geographical size (in comparison to most of Australia's other states) makes navigating from one region of Victoria to another a relatively easy task.
What is Victoria Famous for?
Most Australians will mention some combination of wine, shopping, business or sports when asked for Victoria's most famous attributes, and they are all somewhat equally valid. As a commercial hub with a large population, there are large numbers of talented people in the state who have worked to make it renowned over the years.
Melbourne city in and of itself is famous due to its variety of things to do - a single day tour around Melbourne will highlight key features such as the city's gardens, architecture, artistic venues and zoological points of interest. Heading out of the city and into the more rural areas will eventually lead you to "Wine Country", where the state's agricultural prowess really shines. Lastly, Victoria is the birthplace of Australian Rules Football (AFL), and has many stadiums and sports-based attractions where you can witness a game of footy or learn about its history. The most famous attributes of Victoria include:
Although the state itself is geographically small, its climate varies quite widely. The North-West part of the state can be quite hot and dry, while the coastal areas tend to range from temperate to cool. Victoria also has the second-most rainfall per year of any Australian state (after Tasmania), which occurs most often in Winter.
Most of Victoria's tourist attractions and activities are thus tailored around being fairly weather-independent, but bear in mind the temperature can fall into the low single digits during the coolest parts of Winter, so plan your trip accordingly.
Who should visit Victoria?
Its wide variety of things to do and cosmopolitan atmosphere make Victoria suitable for almost any demographic; those who are after a more Euro-centric feel to their holiday and enjoy a good mix of both urban/city-based interests and natural greenery would be well served giving the state a look for their next holiday.
Where are the best places to stay in Victoria?
Due to its huge sporting culture, many of the most popular events are located in stadiums, arenas and other major grounds meaning accommodation within reasonable distance is highly desirable for those looking to attend. Some of the most popular accommodation areas in Victoria thus include:
In addition, if you're looking for more detailed information on all the major regions of Victoria, be sure to visit our comprehensive City Guides page for details on their weather, top things to do, the best way to get there, and much, much more!