25 best places to visit in Victoria

There are so many amazing places to visit in Victoria. Victoria is a state of diversity from the Australian Alps in the North East to limestone sea stacks that make the 12 Apostles in the south-west, to the arid desert-like condition of the northwest and Australia’s most southerly spot of Wilsons Promontory just to name a few. But what are some of the best places to visit in Victoria?

Best places to visit in Victoria, Australia

Melbourne will most likely be your starting destination for visiting the sights of Victoria. Victoria is one of Australia’s smallest states but also it is the second most populated and Melbourne, the world’s most livable city, is the capital. We are proud to call this wonderful state home and there is so much to explore in Victoria. It is forecast Melbourne will overtake Sydney in the next 20 years as the most populous city in Australia.

In this article, you will find submissions from some of Australia’s top bloggers who love these holiday places in Victoria and rate them as some of the best places to visit in Victoria. We hope some of the amazing destinations reviewed will inspire you to visit Victoria and find some of your own best places to visit in Victoria.

Places to visit in Victoria

Victoria is known for its scenic landscapes and natural beauty. With epic places to visit in Victoria, you will find that you will be blessed with so much to do. It has many different regions to explore, so the traveller seeking to find peace and quiet can do so because there are many remote communities, while the explorer looking for culture and excitement will love Victoria’s amazing hidden gems in the small towns and regional areas.

Best places to visit in Eastern Victoria

For the sake of this article, we are classifying Eastern Victoria as most of the state that lies east of Melbourne. The two main highways that will take you through Eastern Victoria are the Princes Highway and the South Gippsland Highway. A day trip from Melbourne is needed or a stay in the region to see the sights. You will find Eastern Victoria the least populated area of the state.

It’s known for its small towns, forests, National Parks, food and wine. Some of the best places to visit in Victoria’s east region include the major towns of Warragul, Traralgon, Leongatha and Bairnsdale. It is also home to Victoria’s most remote town called Dargo and the Lions Club village of Licola. The Gippsland Lakes, Phillip Island, Wilsons Promontory and the Victorian High Country are popular holiday places in Victoria. Here are all the best places to visit in Victoria in the east.

Tarra Bulga National Park

Tarra Bulga National Park is a hidden gem, located just over 2.5 hours from Melbourne in South Gippsland, we think it is one of the best, albeit lesser-known best places to visit in Victoria. The National Park forms part of the Strzelecki Ranges and is one of only four cool temperate rainforests in Victoria (including the Otways, Central Highlands, East Gippsland and South Gippsland).

A suspension bridge at Tarra Bulga National Park
Regional Victoria Destination like Tarra Bulga National Park are popular

A cool temperate rainforest is cool, wet and dark with lots of ferns and moss. This Gippsland National Park is full of rainforests with giant Mountain Ash trees, beautiful fern gullies, spectacular views, gorgeous walks and an awesome suspension bridge. From the visitor’s centre, there are a number of short walks, most are interlinking so you can make them longer by combining a couple together. 

These walks take you through and under the rainforest canopy. The Corrigan Suspension Bridge is one of the most popular walks and a must-do. The bridge stretches through the rainforest with magnificent views of the greenest, lushest fern gully. There are also ample spots for a picnic lunch.

The visitor centre provides picnic tables, barbeques, a shelter and a toilet while other picnic areas are set amongst the giant trees and tree ferns. Caravan Parks and various accommodation options are available within the Tarra Valley and surrounding areas, but camping is not permitted within the actual National Park. Make sure you also keep your eyes open for a Lyrebird on one of your walks.

Contributed by Amber who blogs at Hill Tribe Travels

Mallacoota

Mallacoota, is a picturesque and idyllic coastal town located on the far eastern coast of Victoria, near the New South Wales border. With its long beaches, crystal-clear waters, and luxurious inlets, Mallacoota is one of the most popular summer destinations for tourists in Victoria. The town has a vibrant café and pub scene, with the local Mallacoota pub featuring live music regularly.

Mallacoota inlet with a boat tired up on the shore
Mallacoota is one of the best holiday spots in Victoria

Mallacoota is well known for fishing with plenty of fishing spots both in the estuaries and offshore, This is perfect for those looking to enjoy some fresh seafood. The Mallacoota Caravan, which seems to encompass the whole town, has sites that front the water where you can keep your boat in the water. Visitors can enjoy the sun and waves at the beach, canoeing, jet skiing, diving, bushwalking, or a game of Golf.

You can take a water taxi or guided tour to the nearby lighthouse at Gabo Island. Mallacoota really is about getting away and enjoying the coastal environment of Victoria.

Contributed by Mark from Poland Travel Expert

Buchan to visit Buchan Caves

The Buchan Caves are located in East Gippsland a stunning, scenic 45-minute drive from Lakes Entrance and Bairnsdale (another two amazing best places to visit in Victoria). The Buchan Caves reserve is managed by Parks Victoria and has camping and bbq facilities for travellers or day-trippers to East Gippsland. You can pitch a tent, bring a van or stay in luxury glamping accommodation for either a night or a longer stay at Buchan Caves.

The Park is popular for the caves that are able to be explored deep underground. The Fairy Cave and The Royal Cave were discovered early in the 19th century by complete accident. The Royal Cave is 500 meters long and has 150 steps in it, so it is not recommended for people with mobility issues.

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When you are touring the caves you see amazing formations, stunning underground ponds and are blown away at the beauty of it all. Elaborate stalactites and stalagmites are features that have been forming over millions of years from a time when this area was under the ocean. There is even one amazing fossilized fish that you can view.

Buchan Caves is home to many walking trails and native animals. It is not unusual to see Kangaroo hopping around and if you camp you will certainly see possums of a night time. There is a freshwater pool at the caves that fills with water straight out of a cave. It is often called the coldest pool in Victoria because it’s literally freezing. Buchan is one of the best places to visit in Victoria.

Contributed by Mark from Wyld Family Travel

Visiting places in Victoria – Lakes Entrance

Lakes Entrance has to be one of the best places to visit in Victoria. Lakes Entrance is the capital of the Gippsland Lakes located 320 km east of Melbourne and has a plethora of activities for anyone wanting to holiday in Gippsland. Lakes Entrance has stunning beaches and is home to the pristine 90-mile beach as well as some of the best-grown produce in the state.

Lakes Entrance in East Gippsland from above looking down Cunningham Arm
One of the best places to visit in Victoria is Lakes Entrance

A great way to get around Lakes Entrance is to take your bike, as there is a bike path that runs the full length of the town. You can stop at one of the many amazing cafés for a rest if you need to. The Riviera Ice cream Parlour is one of the favourite shops in town, as well as Big Bears doughnuts.

If you are travelling to the Gippsland Lakes or Lakes Entrance with kids there are some fun parks to play at especially on the North Arm near the bridge where you enter Lakes and at Eastern beach. In the summer there is always a carnival on the foreshore with fun rides that is open until late.

If you don’t like swimming at the surf beach, there are some good spots in the lakes, especially at Kalimna Jetty where there are no waves, and it is nice and sandy. Find a place to stay in Lakes Entrance today

Contributed by Willow who blogs at Travels in Gippsland

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Raymond Island for Koalas!

Many families that come to Australia are excited for up-close encounters with the country’s unique animals, especially the very cute koala. One of the best places to visit in Victoria for a look at these amazing creatures is an easy but extraordinary stop at tiny Raymond Island. The island is a quick (and free for foot traffic) ferry ride from Paynesville, at the southern end of the Gippsland Lakes area.

Once you reach the shore, there are signs everywhere pointing out the route to the island’s resident population of native koalas!

A koala in the wild at Raymond Island, best place to visit in Victoria
Raymond Island is the best place to visit in Victoria to see Koalas

Some of them live in the gum trees on people’s lawns, but the majority can be found in the small reserve area on the back of the island – just a twenty-minute walk from the ferry landing. Here you can see koalas snoozing and munching on leaves and could just walk right up to their trees (though they’re wild animals, so make sure to keep a respectful distance). While strolling the peaceful island, you can also see echidnas and numerous native birds.

Contributed by Melissa who blogs at The Family Voyage

Places to go in Victoria – Healesville

An hour and forty minutes by car from Melbourne and nestled within the heart of the Yarra Valley, Healesville is an ideal destination for a weekend away or even a day trip from Melbourne. While most people visit Healesville for the wine experiences offered there, it is not only an amazing wine destination in Victoria, there are so many other things to do in Healesville.

the pub in healesville
Healesville is a Victoria place to see wildlife and vineyards

The Healesville Sanctuary makes for a popular day out for couples, friends or families. Home to Australia’s most beloved furry, feathered and scaled friends, you can book a close encounter with a wombat, echidna and various other animals, or just wander around the sanctuary at your own pace.

Other amazing Healeseville activities include the Maroondah Reservoir Park, locally known as Maroondah Dam. Here you can admire the local birdlife (the place is infested with cockatoos, galahs, mynahs and sacred ibis) and have a picnic. There’s a playground for the children, gardens to be explored and a waterfront-walking trail, offering panoramic views of the dam itself.

If you don’t mind dealing with kids on a sugar high, plan a visit to the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie, where tonnes of delicious treats are made onsite. You may not buy any chocolate, but there are free samples on offer and at the very least, beautiful views of the surrounding valley. The town centre is worth a wander down too, featuring bookstores, boutique shops, and naturally, bottle-o making Healesville one of the best places to visit in Victoria. Book a stay in Healesville today.

Contributed by LC who blogs at Birdgehls

Places to visit in Victoria during Summer – Phillip Island

Phillip Island remains one of Victoria’s most well-known attractions because of its nightly penguin parade. But, “the island” is about so much more than this, there is literally something for everyone on Phillip Island. Phillip Island is an easy day tour outside of Melbourne’s CBD (175kms drive), but one day really isn’t enough to enjoy one of the best places in South East Victoria.

the Nobbies beach section of Phillip Island. One of the best towns to visit in Victoria
Phillip Island has many popular tourist destinations in Victoria

Cowes is the centrepiece of Phillip Island with a bustling main street sitting right within Cowes main beach and its iconic pier and is a great lunch stop with beautiful views. There are many surf beaches on the island including the famed Smiths Beach and Cape Woolami which are true local haunts that shouldn’t be missed.

For motorheads, the MotoGP is held here every year in October which shuts the roadway to the island down, so plan to stay a few days to beat the rush if you do attend. But for many, it is ‘The Nobbies’ which truly shine on any visit – a boardwalk overlook that has views of the coast, a blowhole, and Seal Rocks – home to the largest fur seal colony in Australia. If you only get to see one attraction here, visiting Phillip Island must be it!

Don’t forget to book your Phillip Island accommodation

Contributed by Toni who blogs at Enchanted Serendipity

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Walhalla

The town of Walhalla is in Gippsland is one that is often referred to as a town that time forgot. It is an easy day trip from Melbourne and is one of the best places to visit in Victoria.

There are plenty of things to do in Walhalla for all ages and you will find many people enjoying a day out in Walhalla or people camping in the summer months. Located in a valley it is the perfect place to escape the city. Walhalla was originally a big gold mining town. Once the gold disappeared so did many of the residents but the old buildings are still remnants of the past. The rotunda in the town is a beautiful memory of the times gone by.

If you are visiting Walhalla you may want to go on a ride on the Walhalla Goldfield railway, take a tour of the old Gold mines, wander the main street and have a look at some of the old shops. There are some cafes there for you to eat at or the pub or if you are looking to cook a BBQ there are free areas in the Lions Park in the main street.

Many people also take the time to have a look at the Walhalla cemetery which is located on the side of the hill and has many stories on the tombstones about how hard life was back in the gold rush era. Walhalla in Autumn is stunning with the ever-changing colors of the leaves.

Walhalla is a popular spot for day trips in Victoria
Walhalla is a nice place to visit in Victoria

Places to visit in Northern Victoria

The northern area of Victoria is made up of the beautiful Goulburn Valley and the plentiful riverside towns situated along the Murray River. On the Murray is the wonderful Barmah State Park. There are many bird species within the unique wetland region and the largest Redgum forest in the world. Skiing at places like Mount Buffalo and Mount Bulla in the winter months is popular. Major towns in the area include Mildura, Swan Hill, Echuca and Shepparton. The North is easily accessed by the Northern Highway and Hume Freeway.

Best places to visit in regional Victoria – Mount Buffalo

Mt Buffalo is an imposing peak in the North East Victoria region, standing at 1,267 metres above sea level. It’s a popular destination for bushwalkers and day-trippers who can explore its lookouts, Heritage-listed Chalet and rugged undulating terrain while staying in Bright and surrounds.

The Heritage listed chalet at Mount Buffalo
The chalet at Mount Buffalo

There are also several waterfalls and lakes located on the mountain, making it a great place to spend a day out in nature. In wintertime, visitors can enjoy the snow gums and wildflowers that grow on the mountain. In the summer months you can go swimming and canoeing on Kale Catani. There are plenty of designated area to pull up for picnic with table and chairs. The drive to the top is memorable with many places to stop and see the views over the north.

Victoria tourist spots – Glenrowan

Glenrowan, a small town near Wangaratta, is best known as the site of the infamous bushranger Ned Kelly and his gang’s last stand. Pick up a copy of the Glenrowan Heritage Siege Precinct walking map and take a stroll around this historic town, relieving stories and legends from the past. The map can be found at local businesses or at the local information stand at the Glenrowan Bakehouse.

the big Ned Kelly at Glenrowen
Historic places to see in Victoria

The sites of significance around Glenrowan are well-marked and easy to find. Each site has a large placard with plenty of information on the events that transpired during the siege of Glenrowan, and there are even some statues erected representing bushrangers and the police to help visitors really get a feel for what it would have been like on those very streets back in 1880.

Be sure to have your photo taken with the 6-meter-tall statue of Ned Kelly in the village and also to walk over the bridge that connects the main road with the appropriately named Siege Street, where you’ll find the site of Ann Jones’ Glenrowan Inn, the siege site, the Police Shelter Site and Ned Kelly Capture Site (there is a plaque on the ground so you can’t miss it). If you enjoy history Glenrowan is one of the best places to visit in Victoria.

Contributed by Christine who blogs at Adventure Baby

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Places to visit in Victoria in Winter – Dinner Plain

Dinner Plain is the newest township in the state of Victoria. This Alpine Ski village was built just down the road from Mount Hotham as a location for cross country skiing. Dinner Plain borrows its designs from European Ski villages with its chalets and building, it is worth a stop to walk around and look at the architecture in the Alpine region of Victoria.

Dinner Plain lookout

The Dinner Plain Hotel is open all year round serving meals and drinks. The are other shops and cafes that open mainly during the snow season when the town is at its busiest. For fitness enthusiasts, Dinner Plain is known for its mountain biking and trail running tracks in the National Park. For something, a little less energetic and more fun Frisbee golf is the go. Staying the night at Dinner Plain is a great idea with awesome accommodation options available at Club Wyndham Dinner Plain.

Bright

Bright is one of those places that you might not see in an Australian guidebook but is a favourite weekend getaway for Victorians and one of the most beautiful and best places to visit in Victoria. Set in the Victorian High Country, nestled beside the beautiful Mount Buffalo National Park, Bright truly is a four-season destination. 

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Bright is one of the most popular tourist places in Victoria

In winter, Bright is your gateway to skiing and snow sports. Come summer, there is nothing better than enjoying a cold beer at the Bright Brewery while the kids play in the Ovens River. But, the very best time to visit Bright is in the autumn, when the trees come alive with colour.

The best way to experience the autumn colours is by cycling the Murray to Mountains rail trail.  You can stop off at numerous cute cafes and wineries while taking in nature’s palette.  The annual Bright Autumn Festival in May showcases the region’s produce, foodie culture, art and of course the majestic colours.

Head outside of the town to enjoy some hiking by driving up to Mount Buffalo.  Here the snow gums tower over interesting rock formations and you can enjoy the numerous waterfalls in the Park and beautiful Lake Catani. Book a weekend or week away in Bright, we recommend staying at Discovery Parks Bright.

Contributed by Dawn who blogs at 5 Lost Together

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Nagambie

Located only just over an hour north of Melbourne is the town of Nagambie. Most people visiting the town either come for Nagambie Lake or the nearby wineries. Lake Nagambie is a man-made lake that came about from the damming of the Goulburn River, creating one of the biggest lakes in Victoria for recreational use. There are a few hotels and a Discovery Parks property on the shore of the lake for visitors that arrive looking to participate in popular activities such as fishing, canoeing, jet skis and more.

Nagabie Lakes
An amazing sunrise over Lake Nagambie

The Nagambie area is also known as one of the places in Victoria where you can get some amazing wine. Names such as Mitchelton and Tahbilk dominate the area, Tahbilk for its heritage as being one of the oldest wineries in the state. Mitchelton on the other hand is modern and renowned for its architecture with a huge winemaking complex consisting of a Restaurant, Art Gallery and hotel.

Around the town, you can visit the Goulburn Weir, Gold Mining sites, and Kirwans Bridge for starters. The town of Nagambie itself has a golf course, brewery, and a number of options for eating such as the local RSL, Thai by the Lake and the Eighteen Sixty wine bar just to name a few.

Contributed by Mark, who writes at Wyld Family Travel

Places to see in Victoria – Hepburn Springs

The towns of Daylesford and the lesser-known Hepburn Springs are two of the most delightful places to visit in Victoria. Approximately a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Melbourne, past the magnificent Macedon Ranges. There are quite a few wineries along the way and a hidden waterfall too if you’re feeling brave enough for an adventure. All in all, making it a rather pleasant drive through the mountains.

The best things to do in Hepburn Springs are to eat yourself silly, spoil yourself at a spa treatment and enjoy a walk around the wonderful historical gardens. The twin towns boast wonderful food, wine and coffee as well as one of Australia’s best cideries at Daylesford Cider.

The area is also brimming with local artists showcasing their work, historical buildings turned into galleries and antique stores galore. Now if you think that these two towns can’t get any better this area is incredibly LGBTQI friendly. Daylesford hosts a variety of LGBTQI events every year.

Contributed by Jean who blogs at Travelling Honeybird

The Macedon Ranges

The Macedon Ranges area is a short trip from Melbourne, perfect for weekend getaways or even a lazy Sunday drive. Consisting of the townships of Gisborne, Riddells Creek, Woodend, Macedon, Malmsbury, Lancefield, Romsey, Mount Macedon and Kyneton, this area has a rich history and breathtaking natural wonders, whilst also being a foodie haven for those looking to treat themselves.

The bush land of the Macedon Rangers
Iconic Victoria sights

From Kyneton’s historic Piper Street and mineral springs where you can pump sparkling water straight from the ground at the rest stop on Burton Avenue as you head past the Campaspe River, to Malmsbury and its incredible viaduct; through to Mount Macedon’s famous Memorial Cross and then, of course, the iconic Hanging Rock (yes, the very one from the movie!), this area boasts a wealth of experiences suitable for families, couples and even the lone adventure traveller. Any of these towns are some of the best places to visit in Victoria and will make your holiday spectacular.

If you’re looking for a place to stay, look up the Flop House for a range of beautifully curated boutique homes awaiting your booking. And for food? The options are endless, although Major Tom’s in Kyneton has come highly recommended by locals if you’re looking for a burger!

Contributed by Leah who blogs at Kid Bucket List

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Victoria interesting places – Mildura

A remote town on the edge of the Outback, set on the banks of the beautiful Murray River, Mildura is an incredible region, with an irresistible appeal. Mildura is rated as one of the best places to visit in Victoria. A one-hour flight from Melbourne, or a six-hour drive, it is a fabulous base for some of the country’s most fascinating National Parks, water-based adventure, and local Australian produce.

the Murray River as viewed from the bank
Some of the best places to visit in regional Victoria are on the Murray River

Oozing regional Australian charm, Mildura is a very pretty town with sunny Mediterranean weather, riverbank walks, and the opportunity to drift down the Murray River aboard a luxury houseboat. As far as nearby natural wonders are concerned, this is your base for the World Heritage-listed Mungo National Park (an important cultural site, with aboriginal relics which date back 45,000 years), Hattah-Kulkyne National Park with its beautiful bush setting and range of iconic wildlife, and the pink salt lakes of Murray Sunset National Park.

Mildura has been described as an ‘important Australian food bowl’, with adjacent agricultural districts and award-winning wines drawing foodies into town. You’ll find an abundance of grapes, citrus fruits, almonds, olives, countless varieties of vegetables and much more here. There are award-winning wineries and oil farms, and no shortage of great places to eat in Mildura.

Mildura really does have it all, so put it on your list of towns to visit in Victoria soon! You will find plenty of accommodation options in Mildura for your stay

Contributed by Megan who blogs at Mapping Megan

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Milawa

If you are looking for the perfect spot for a relaxing weekend, a biking or hiking getaway with the kids or a romantic escape, Milawa in country Victoria should be on your list of towns to visit in Victoria. Situated in one of the wine and gourmet regions in the north of the state, Milawa is also a short hop from the regional centre of Wangaratta and is approximately 2 and ½ hours out of Melbourne.

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Good places to visit in Victoria are in the North of the State.

Take a walk or a bike ride along the bike trails that surround Milawa and you’ll soon find yourself visiting the many cellar doors, farm gates and gourmet food stores. Grab a map and pick up a bike at the local bike hire or borrow one from the Brown Brothers cellar door. Stop in at one of the cafés or restaurants for a leisurely lunch, ice cream or coffee break.

Try your hand at some cooking at Pizzini’s Wine Cooking School or sample some gourmet local cheese from Milawa’s historic cheese factory. Better still, you can just sit back and relax, wine in hand. With a range of boutique accommodation, overlooking vineyards this gorgeous town will provide you with a retreat from reality, once you’re there you’ll find it very hard to go home. Milawa is definitely one of the best places to visit in Victoria with so much to offer.

Contributed by Julie who blogs at A Not So Young Woman Abroad

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Victoria destinations – Echuca

Echuca is a stunning town and one that is filled to the brim with amazing Australian history. If you are a history buff then, Echuca is one of the best places to visit in Victoria.

2 paddle steamers in the Murray River at the Port of Echuca wharf
The amazing heritage paddle steamers at Echuca

Many people visit Echuca to ride the Murray River on one of the historic paddle steamers that were the lifeblood of the towns located along with the Murray. These old streamers are amazing relics of the past that give joy to all who get to ride one. While you are cruising the Murray you are also given a guide by the captain as to what boat you are riding in and a talk about how important the river was.

After you have enjoyed your cruise then a wander through the Echuca Discovery Center gives you another view of how the Murray shaped Victoria in the early years of settlement. If you are able to go on a guided tour of the centre and have one of the workers walk you through the history of the area. They will also tell you the stories of the town and how it became so popular after the filming of ‘All the Rivers Run’.

If you are travelling to Echuca with kids (or you are a kid at heart) you may want to take them a little out of town for a visit to the Kyabram fauna park or to Cactus Country. For anyone interested in Silo Art there is also a small easily accessible silo art trail that is wonderful. All this makes Echuca one of the best places to visit in Victoria. Find your place to stay in Echuca today.

Read more: Looking for Silo Art check out these 2 amazing Silo Art Trails in Northern Victoria.

Best places to visit in Western Victoria

Western Victoria is home to many of Victoria’s great attractions and is one of the best places to visit in Victoria. The number one thing is the Great Ocean Road and the 12 Apostles. Many people go on an organised tour or take a road trip down Victoria’s coast. This region is home to Geelong, Victoria’s largest provincial city, and Ballarat, Victoria’s largest inland city. There is a number of National Parks and major tourist attractions in towns such as Bendigo, Ballarat and Warrnambool. The Western district is known for its dairy farms and rolling green pastures.    

Aireys Inlet

Just before the historic arch that marks the start of the Great Ocean Road is the little town of Airey’s Inlet. Famous for its wide sweeping beaches and the iconic lighthouse, Airey’s (as the locals call it) is one of the most scenic best places to visit in Victoria.

View of the beach with a lighthouse sitting on a outcrop
Visiting places in Victoria by the ocean

For a small town, Airey’s packs a big punch and is the perfect weekend getaway or stop on your Great Ocean Road trip. Start your visit by taking a long walk along the beach at nearby Urquhart’s Bluff to watch the local surfers ride some huge waves and potter in rockpools.

After your beach walks, stop for a snack at Willows teahouse below the Split Point lighthouse. From the cafe explore the beautiful clifftop walks and lookout spots. Several times a day there are guided tours of the lighthouse. On the tour, you can climb to the top and enjoy incredible views of the southern Victorian coastline. 

The Airey’s pub is well known for its huge outdoor beer garden with views of the sea, pub menu and in-house craft brewery. You can spend a relaxing afternoon there taking in the sea views. Or, if you want a culture fix, head over the road and enjoy the exhibitions featuring local artists at the Eagle’s Nest Fine Art Gallery. For a relaxing time away, Airey’s Inlet has to be one of the best places to visit in Victoria. Book your stay on the coast today at Airey’s Inlet

Contributed by Katy who blogs at Untold Morsels

Regional Victoria places to visit – Ballarat

Ballarat is one of the best places to visit in Victoria as it is one of the oldest towns in Victoria with so many activities for all ages. What makes Ballarat one of the best places to visit in Victoria is that there are so many fun places to explore. Ballarat is a very easy place to get to being only 100 kilometres from Melbourne which can be done in a day trip from Melbourne or you can plan a trip to Ballarat for a few days. The possibilities for a visit to Ballarat are endless!

places in Victoria to see what the past was like is Sovereign Hill, a town that is based on it mining history
Where to go in Victoria? Sovereign Hill is one of the state’s most popular attractions.

Sovereign Hill is its most famous attraction and draws visitors from all over the state. Here, you can learn what it was like to be a gold miner in the area during the Gold Rush. It’s set up like an old mining town, and it’s fun for all ages. You can pan for gold, dress up in old-style clothes and watch working exhibits where you can learn how blacksmiths worked or people made sweets. There are also mine tours.

But there is more to Ballarat than Sovereign Hill. You can also visit Kryal Castle to learn about medieval times. There is a maze, jousting and many demonstrations when we visited as well as the castle itself to walk through, although it is not actually a real castle! Between these two Ballarat attractions, you could easily spend a day in Ballarat, but if you are around longer, there is also the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (MADE) which is a small museum about the events of the Eureka Stockade. There is also a tram museum, beautiful botanical gardens, a wildlife park and many more features.

Contributed by Sharon who blogs at Simple and Smarter

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Loch Ard Gorge

Loch Are Gorge is a favourite enchanting destination with a legendary tale and one of the best places to visit in Victoria. The Gorge is named after a ship, called the Loch Ard, which in 1878 ran aground on Muttonbird Island. Out of 54 passengers and crew, only two teenagers survived. One of them was a young 15-year-old named Tom. After washing up on shore, Tom heard cries for help coming from the water. Tom dove straight back into the water to rescue 17-year-old Eva. Once she was ashore, Tom then climbed out of the gorge to seek help. What a hero!

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There are many scenic places to visit in Victoria by the Sea

If that story doesn’t leave you stirred, the view surely will with its breathtaking high walls and the unrelenting ocean waves lapping the warm yellow sand. Enjoy the view from the top, but make time to actually climb down the stairs and let the sand get between your toes. For many visiting this area, this Great Ocean Road attraction is at the top of their list of best places to visit in Victoria for locals and international tourists alike.

Port Campbell is the closest town to stay to Loch Ard Gorge and the 12 Apostles.

Contributed by Erin who blogs at Explore with Erin

Cool places to visit in Victoria – Barwon Heads

Barwon Heads has changed dramatically over the years, it was originally a sleepy little beachside town with beach shack weekenders for Melbourne holidaymakers. Now you will find the town filled to the brim with everything new and shiny and rated as one of the best places to visit in Victoria in summer.

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Seaside coastal towns to visit in Victoria

During Christmas and school holidays, the town swells with holidaymakers, wanting to make the best of the fun, sun sand and surfing. The main street is full of cafes and trendy shops but the fish and chip shop is still there and a town favourite.

The local pub hasn’t changed and is located right across from the caravan park, facing the beach it’s still a favourite place for everyone to end the day. You are still guaranteed to still get a great parma for a reasonable price. Barwon Heads has a great family-friendly beach just next to the bridge on the Barwon River, it’s shallow and has no waves and is perfect for little kids.

For bigger kids, Raffles Beach is perfect for those wanting to learn how to surf and just enough waves to have fun. It can at times get rough and like any Australian beach, you need to be aware of rips and be a relatively good swimmer. Search great accommodation in Barwon Heads.

Contributed by Sally who blogs at our3kidsvtheworld

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Cape Ottway

From the moment that you turn onto Lighthouse Road off the Great Ocean Road, Victoria, it’s clear that Cape Otway is a very special location in Australia. As you drive through the Great Otway National Park, be sure to stop and take a closer look – the road is thickly forested with koala-inhabited gum trees on either side. Some of them seem close enough to reach out and touch! If you can drag yourself away from these grey, furry little cuties, continue on down the road to the stunning Peninsula.

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Lighthouses are now places to see in Victoria for tourists

At the end of the road, you can visit the Cape Otway Lightstation. This significant tourist attraction hosts one of the most beautiful lighthouses in Australia, just one of several attractions grouped together for the one entrance fee ($19.50 per adult or $49.50 family of four). You can climb the staircase right up to the top of the lighthouse for spectacular ocean views, grab a bite to eat at the café or visit one of the several historical outbuildings and indigenous sites.

As if that wasn’t enough, there is, even more, to see at Cape Otway including the Otway Fly treetop walk. Located on a remote beach at Point Franklin, just a short drive and then bushwalk from the Light station you’ll find a historically significant dinosaur bone excavation dig. There’s so much to do and see at Cape Otway, Victoria – we think it’s one of the best places to visit in Victoria!

Contributed by Barbara who blogs at Lets Go Mum.

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Holiday in Victoria near The 12 Apostles

Arguably the most well-known attraction on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, the Twelve Apostles are a collection of limestone stacks just off the shore of the Port Campbell National Park and stand proudly at almost 150ft tall alongside the road making for the perfect road trip backdrop.

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The 12 Apostles make a good day trip from Melbourne

The pillars were christened with the name the 12 Apostles in the 1920s (prior to this they were called the Sow and Piglets!) – despite the fact, that there were only 9 at the time. And this number has since been reduced to 7 as the waves and wind that carved them out of the shoreline in this first place, have worn away and reclaimed two of the columns it originally created. But with the nature of the coast and the extreme weather conditions, it faces every year, more columns are expected to develop over time (although there is no guarantee they’ll join the established lineup!)

The best way to experience the (remaining) Apostles is on the beautiful boardwalk that has been built and provides the perfect viewing platform out over the water. For a different view, you can also take a helicopter flight above and over them. And if you can, time your visit with sunrise or sunset. You won’t be disappointed and you will remember this as one of the most memorable and best places to visit in Victoria.

Contributed by Vicki who blogs at The Big Australia Bucket List

The Grampians

The Grampians are an absolute must when planning a trip to Melbourne and its surroundings. From large sandstone mountain ranges to waterfalls and meeting local Kangaroos, there are so many things to see and do. To reach this beautiful part of Victoria, you’re looking at a distance of 260 kilometres west of the Melbourne CBD and around 3 hours driving.

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The Grampians are a popular Victoria weekend getaway

The area is renowned for hiking, rock climbing and other outdoor activities and can be enjoyed at your own leisure depending on the time you have allowed which makes the Grampians one of the best places to visit in Victoria for nature lovers. If time is of the essence, you are able to see the main attractions in a short period of time, with a weekend more than plausible for ticking off those bucket list items.

Throughout the National Park, there are many attractions including Boroka Lookout, Mount William, The Pinnacle, The Balconies and Reed’s Lookout. If there is one place to visit that is not to be missed, it’s the ever-so-popular Mackenzie Falls. With high rainfall throughout the year, the falls continue to flow and are the most breathtaking sight to behold.

If you want to finish your day in the most Australian fashion, a quick visit to the Halls Gap (one of the best towns to visit in Victoria for access to the Grampians) local football oval at dusk will allow you up close and personal with the native Kangaroos. A great way to complete a visit to not only the Grampians and Melbourne but Australia. Book an amazing stay in Halls Gap

Contributed by Joey who blogs at JC Adventure Images

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Getting to Melbourne

  • Melbourne is the second biggest city in Australia. Melbourne International Airport is 23 kilometres from the city centre.
  • Melbourne is serviced by many international airlines and budget carriers Jetstar, Tiger, Scoot and AirAsia just to name a few. You can check the prices of international flights to Australia with Kiwi. Domestic flights can be booked with webjet 
  • There is no direct public transport link with Melbourne Airport. You can catch the Skybus or you can book an airport transfer with Suntransfers who we have personally used on many occasions.
  • You can book a rental car and have it waiting for you at Melbourne Airport so you can road trip to all the best places to visit in Victoria.

Getting around Melbourne

Myki is Melbourne’s ticketing system to travel on the city’s trains, trams and buses. International and interstate visitors coming to Victoria can buy a Myki Explorer pack. The Myki pack combines a ready-to-use Myki card, visitor information and special offers for travellers looking for all the best places to visit in Victoria.

It’s a great option for visitors who choose to explore Melbourne and regional Victoria by public transport! You need to touch your Myki card on and off when you use the public transport system. The Free Tram Zone in Melbourne’s CBD makes it easy to move around the city. On the free trams, you do not need to touch on and off with a Myki. Download the Free Tram Zone map on the Maps page.

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Where to stay in Melbourne

  • Melbourne has accommodation options for every budget from hostels to apartments and hotel rooms
  • Hostels in Melbourne can start from as little as $21 a night for a shared dorm room.
  • You can search Melbourne apartment accommodation offerings.
  • Hotels in Melbourne generally start from around $100 a night for a double room and increase incrementally as the luxury rating rises towards 5 stars. Google states that 3-star averaging $113, 5-star averaging $314 for a night stay. You can compare and book your stay on Agoda or Trip Advisor.

There are so many best places to visit in Victoria so put some of these amazing places on your next Victorian road trip itinerary. If you are looking for more amazing and best places to visit in Victoria or more travel in Victoria destinations Explore Victoria has some more articles below for you to check out. If you have an idea, attraction or top spot feel free to leave us a comment or email us at contact@explorevictoriaaustralia.com


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