Victoria has so much to offer visitors from other parts of Australia and overseas tourists as well. When most people think of Victoria, the city of Melbourne comes to mind. While Victoria’s capital should definitely be a stopover on your Victoria travel bucket list, there is more to this great state than just the city.
Let’s look at some key reasons why a visit to Victoria is worth your while.
You Might Find Some Gold
Okay, so the big Victorian gold rush days of the mid 1800s are long over, but there is still gold to be found in the area of Victoria dubbed the “Golden Triangle”.
Only a few hours from Melbourne, in areas encompassing Bendigo and Ballarat, you can partake in organised prospecting tours, where guides will take visitors through the famous gold fields and show you how to search for and even pan for gold in the many creeks and streams.
People still find gold there today, even after all the years. At the very least it’s something different, a bit of fun, and you’ll learn a lot about the history of the region at the same time.
Visit the Panorama Wildlife Sanctuary and Secret Gardens
Feast your eyes on some stunning panoramic views of beautiful Port Phillip Bay as you explore 25 acres of wildlife sanctuary in rural Victoria. There are also streams, waterfalls and lakes to add to the scene, creating a vibe of absolute serenity.
What kind of native wildlife will you see at the Panorama Wildlife Sanctuary?
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Melbourne Is a Happening City
No trip to Victoria would be complete without spending at least some time in the city of Melbourne. There’s loads to see and do every day and night in the city, and if you love your food, you’re in for a real treat.
Melbourne boasts some of the best food from all over the world, and there are options to suit every budget. You can also explore all the little cafes and bars spread throughout the city as well.
If you love events, then you’re sure to love the city. No matter what time of the year you visit Victoria’s capital, there will be some major event on, whether it be the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the annual running of the Melbourne Cup horse race, music festivals, food and wine festivals, arts and entertainment.
The list is truly endless.
Experience Wine Tasting In Stunning Yarra Valley
It’s only a day trip away from Melbourne, but to truly experience this region and have ample time to explore, it’s best to book some accommodation in the Yarra Valley; home to some of the country’s very best wines.
See how the wines are made, from grapevine to bottle. Taste a vast array of wines and other alcoholic beverages. While you’re there you can also indulge in some sumptuous dining as well, the perfect compliment to a great bottle of red or white.
It’s not just about wine and food. The Yarra Valley is a really picturesque part of the state, away from the busy lifestyle of the city and major towns. You’ll have a chance to relax and unwind while enjoying nature at its best.
This activity is actually more a bit of fun than something scary. It involves a ghost tour through a section of Melbourne called Williamstown, an area steeped in history and a brutal past.
Williamstown is known as “Old Melbourne” and was one of the original areas first settled a long time ago. It’s also been dubbed one of the most haunted regions in all of Australia.
The tour obviously takes place at night, as it’s not going to be very creepy in the daylight. Get together with a group of people and go on a tour through this haunted region. You never know, you just might see a spook or two. At the very least you’ll have a good time and learn more about the history of the area.
There are many things to see and do in Melbourne and all of Victoria. The best way to discover what’s going on is to come and visit.