Things to do, places to visit, holiday destinations and attractions in Victoria

If you are wondering what to do in Victoria, look no further. Here I have compiled a list of the very best tourist attractions, things to see and do, sights, landmarks and places to visit in Victoria.

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Considering that Victoria has the most people per square kilometre of all the states in Australia, you would expect that it has some great attractions. And it doesn't fail to deliver.

In fact, Victoria has cool climate rainforests in the south, snowy alpine regions in winter, desert area in the north west, gorgeous coastlines, world renowned surf beaches, scuba diving galore, 41 national parks, a capital city that has twice been voted the most liveable city in the world, great wine areas, the Murray river, and much more.

As such I had a bit of trouble condensing all the possible things you can do in Victoria onto one list, but I believe I got in the end. I hope you enjoy the list!


1

Great Ocean Road / 12 Apostles

The Great Ocean Road is without a doubt one of the best scenic tours in the whole world. You are surrounded by cool climate rain forests and stunning ocean views.

The highlight is the 12 Apostles, magnificent limestone rock stacks that rise up majestically from the ocean.

For more information you can visit the official website at www.visitvictoria.com.



2

Bay of Islands Coastal Park

If you are doing the Great Ocean Road, as mentioned above, you must make sure you see the Bay of Islands Coastal Park. It is a 32 kilometre long coastal reserve located on the Great Ocean Road between Peterborough and Warrnambool.

It has amazing ocean views and geological features, including sheer cliffs and rock stacks that dominate the bays. During the spring months the heathland display colourful wild flowers. Some of the beaches are accessible for swimming, others are not due to the cliffs.

For more information you can visit the official website at parkweb.vic.gov.au.



3

Wilsons Promontory

It is a 90 km² national park located about 230 kms south-east of Melbourne. While its size may not sound impressive it is home to some amazing natural beauty, including mountainous forests, fern gullies, heaths, salt marshes, grey granite ranges and 130 km of coastal scenery.

For more information you can visit the official website at parkweb.vic.gov.au.

4

Phillip Island Nature Parks

On Phillip Island (about 90 minutes from Melbourne) discover Australian wildlife in their natural habitat. You can explore the Penguin Parade, Wild Ocean EcoBoat Tours, Koala Conservation Centre, Churchill Island Heritage Farm and the Nobbies Centre.

The Nature Parks also provides numerous coastal and bushland walks across Phillip Island, traversing breathtaking beaches, woodlands and wetlands.

For more information you can visit the official website at www.penguins.org.au/.



5

Ballarat (Sovereign Hill & Reptile Park)

Located about 115 kms from Melbourne, Ballarat is a town that has its history dating back to the colonial gold rush era.

You can live and breath this history at Sovereign Hill, a recreation of a gold mining society, complete with actors, working mines, animals and more.

For more information you can visit the official website at www.sovereignhill.com.au/.



6

Alpine Victoria

Unbeknown to international tourists, Australia has snowy alpine areas - visit in summer and explore the wilderness, or come in winter for the snow season.

Follow the links to find out more information about some of the most popular alpine areas to visit, and to discover what you can do in each region.



7

Grampians National Park

Located 175 kms north of Warrnambool (the official end of the Great Ocean Road) is the Grampians National Park and the township of Halls Gap. The park is 1,672 km² in size and is host to amazing hikes, series of low-angled sandstone ridges, and is one of the richest Indigenous rock art sites in south-eastern Australia.

For more information you can visit the official websites at parkweb.vic.gov.au and www.visitvictoria.com.



8

Little Desert National Park

Situated south of Nhill, the Little Desert National Park offers a wide variety of activities for the nature lover. It is the second largest national park in Victoria, full of flora and fauna.

For more information you can visit the official website at parkweb.vic.gov.au.



9

Dandenong Ranges Nation Park

The Dandenong Ranges National Park is well known for its spectacular Mountain Ash trees and lush fern gullies, and is ideal for relaxing picnics and tranquil forest walks.

However, weather conditions can change quickly and you should plan appropriately. There can be bush fires in summer and snow and sub-zero weather conditions in winter.

For more information you can visit the official website at parkweb.vic.gov.au.



10

Healesville Sanctuary

Healesville Sanctuary is one of the best place in Victoria to see and interact with native Australian wildlife. There is the Australian Wildlife Health Centre, the Spirits of the Sky show (daily), the world-first interactive Platypus show, Land of the Parrots, the Dingo Country exhibition, and much more.

For more information you can visit the official website at www.zoo.org.au/healesville.



11

Puffing Billy Railway

This century-old steam train is still running on its original mountain track from Belgrave to Gembrook (on the outskirts of Melbourne) in the scenic Dandenong Ranges and is a genuine relic of more leisurely days.

It operates every day except Christmas Day, thanks to the efforts of more than 900 dedicated volunteers.

For more information you can visit the official website at www.puffingbilly.com.au.



12

Werribee Open Range Zoo

Werribee Open Range Zoo is a 200 hectare property that offers a unique opportunity to experience an African, Asian, North American and Australian animals in a open range environment. This open range environment gives the animals the space to behave as they would in their natural habitats.

There is something for everyone, including the serval cats presentation, safari tours, gorillas, lions, hippos, kangaroos, emus, brolgas, koalas, eastern barred bandicoots, other Australian natives and much more.

For more information you can visit the official website at www.zoo.org.au/werribee.



13

Great Otway National Park

Stretches from Torquay through to Princetown and up through the Otway hinterland towards Colac, the park features rugged coastlines, sandy beaches, rock platforms and windswept heathland.

In the north, the park features tall forests, ferny gullies, magnificent waterfalls and tranquil lakes.

There are a whole range of activities you can do in different parks of the park, including barbecuing and picnicking, bird watching, camping, canoeing, fishing, prospecting for gold, four wheel driving, horse riding, hiking, mountain bike riding, snorkelling and scuba diving, surfing and swimming.

For more information you can visit the official website at .



14

Central Deborah Gold Mine

Located in Bendigo, about 150 kms from Melbourne, Deborah Gold Mine offers you the chance to experience hidden underground tunnels of a real gold mine that operated during the gold rush boom of the 1900s.

There are three different tours you can take: the Mine Experience Tour (61 metres underground), the Underground Adventure Tour (85 metres underground) or Australia’s deepest underground mine tour, Nine Levels of Darkness (228 metres underground).

For more information you can visit the official website at parkweb.vic.gov.au.



15

Kryal Castle

Located 10 minutes drive out of Ballarat, Kryal Castle is Australia’s only medieval theme park. There are a range of activities available to watch or partake in, including face painting, perfume and bracelet making, calligraphy and other craft activities, the indoor archery range, pantomimes, the torture chamber tour and museum, jousting shows, militia training, pony rides, the Dragons Labyrinth, the the Wizards Workroom and much more.

For more information you can visit the official website at kryalcastle.com.au.



16

Ninety Mile Beach

Located in the Gippsland, Ninety Mile Beach is one of the longest natural uninterrupted and unspoilt beaches in the world. It is ideal for activities from beach fishing and swimming to walking, whale and dolphin-spotting or just laying in the sun.

The beach sits at the edge of the Gippsland Lakes, the largest inland water system in the Southern Hemisphere.

For more information you can visit the official website at parkweb.vic.gov.au.



17

Hanging Rock

Hanging Rock (Mt. Diogenes) is a rare volcanic formation located near the townships of Woodend and Mount Macedon in Victoria, Australia. It is home of the Hanging Rock Cup and Races, and setting of the world renown novel and film Picnic at Hanging Rock.

For more information you can visit the official website at www.visitmacedonranges.com.



18

Even more...

This is just some of the things you can do in Victoria. There really is so much more.

I have hardly touched on Gippsland, which is full of beautiful mountains, forests, lakes and gorgeous secluded beaches. For more information you can visit the tourism Victoria website at www.visitvictoria.com/Regions/Gippsland.

Then there is the Murray River, a very popular holidaying, camping and outdoor activities destinations. More information can be found at www.murrayriver.com.au/things-to-do. There is too much to list on this website, but just some of the activities you can find along the Murray River include fishing, camping, biking, hiking, kayaking and canoeing, water skiing, golfing, river cruises, wine tours and paddle-steamers and paddle-boats (in fact, Australia boasts the largest collection of active paddle steamers and boats in the world).

Apart from that there is a total of he 2,850 separate Protected Areas which cover over 17% of the state's land, which includes 41 national parks covering over 11% of the state. In total, these protected areas cover 39,273 km². As such, there are many free camping spots and hiking trails all over the state. To discover more information visit the official parks website at parkweb.vic.gov.au/.

The food and wine lovers are not left wanting either. Victoria boasts over 800 wineries and 600 cellar doors in 21 distinct wine regions across the state where there is a wine menu for every palette. More information can be found here: www.visitvictoria.com/Things-to-do/Food-and-wine/Wineries.

So there you have it. I hope you enjoyed my list of things to see and do in Victoria. Feel free to share this page with your friends via the social media buttons.





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