Discover Victoria, Australia!
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Discover Victoria with its graceful rainforests, snow-covered ski resorts and endless golden bays, to exciting ocean cliffs, rolling green hills and sandy deserts. Be astounded at the diversity and beauty of Victoria's regions. Many people travel within and to Victoria for its natural attractions, local food and wine, history, or to participate in the major sporting, fashion and cultural events.
Food and wine lovers know Victoria for its tantilising fresh produce, extensive wineries, gourmet food producers and award-winning restaurants. For an overwhelming choice of ﬁne food, take a scenic drive through the Yarra Valley near Melbourne. Or you can travel around the Milawa Gourmet Region in the King Valley and sample delicious cheeses, mustards and honey. From Melbourne's array of superb restaurants to the citrus fruits of Mildura and the fresh seafood at Lakes Entrance - Victoria is cetainly a food lover's paradise.
Victoria also comes with its fair share of history. In its earliest days, Victoria was besotted with gold. By the mid-19th century, tens of thousands of prospectors had travelled to Victoria's goldﬁelds with their picks, prospecting pans and high hopes. Now, these towns have become lively modern cities, balancing stunning period architecture with art galleries, cosmopolitan cafes and luxury retreats.
Finding Victoria's many attractions and highlights is as easy as packing a camera and a map- But don't forget to enjoy the fabulous journey!Create Your Own Victoria Holiday Experience
Create your own holiday is a new function being introduced into the Discover Victoria website. This will allow different groups to effectively plan a holiday in Victoria based on the individual user experience. This functionality is still a work in progress, however see below for some examples of the categories on offer.
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Weather Victoria has a varied climate despite its small size. It ranges from semi-arid and hot in the north-west, to temperate and cool along the coast. Victoria's main land feature, the Great Dividing Range, produces a cooler, mountain climate in the centre of the state. Victoria's southernmost position on the Australian mainland means it is cooler and wetter than other mainland states and territories. The coastal plain south of the Great Dividing Range has Victoria's mildest climate. Air from the Southern Ocean helps reduce the heat of summer and the cold of winter. Melbourne and other large cities are located in this temperate region. Average temperatures are less than 9 °C (48 °F) in winter and below 0 °C (32 °F) in the highest parts of the ranges. The state's lowest minimum temperature of –11.7 °C (10.9 °F) was recorded at Omeo on 13 June 1965, and again at Falls Creek on 3 July 1970.
Statistics The 2006 Australian census reported that Victoria had 4,932,422 people resident at the time of the census, an increase of 6.2% on the 1996 figure. The Australian Bureau of Statistics estimates that by June 2007 the state's population reached 5,205,200, and may well reach 7.2 million by 2050. About 72% of Victorians are Australian-born. This figure falls to around 66% in Melbourne but rises to higher than 95% in some rural areas in the north west of the state. More than 70% of Victorians live in Melbourne, located in the state's south. The greater Melbourne metropolitan area is home to an estimated 3.9 million people. Leading urban centres include Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, Shepparton, Mildura, Warrnambool and the Latrobe Valley. Victoria is Australia's most urbanised state: nearly 90% of residents living in cities and towns.Victoria is the second most populous state in Australia. Geographically the smallest mainland state, Victoria is bordered by Victoria to the north, South Australia to the west, and Tasmania to the south, across the Bass Strait. Victoria is the most densely populated state, and has a highly centralised population, with over 70% of Victorians living in Melbourne, the state capital and largest city. Finance, insurance and property services form Victoria's largest income producing sector, while the community, social and personal services sector is the state's biggest employer. Despite the shift towards service industries, the troubled manufacturing sector remains Victoria's single largest employer and income producer.
Some major tourist destinations in Victoria are:
The metropolis of Melbourne, particular its inner city suburbs (known also for shopping tourism) and the attractions of the city centre such as Crown Casino, Melbourne Zoo, Melbourne Museum, the Melbourne Aquarium,Science Works, Healsville Sanctuary, Werribee open range zoo, tourism precincts such as Melbourne Docklands, Southbank and St Kilda as well as cultural and sporting tourist icons such as The Arts Centre, National Gallery of Victoria, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, also known as the MCG, and the Eureka Tower, tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere, with its Skydeck 88.
The former Goldfields region featuring the historic cities of Ballarat, Beechworth, Bendigo, Castlemaine, Maldon and Daylesford.
Natural attractions, such as The Twelve Apostles, Wilson's Promontory, The Grampians, the Fairy Penguins (particularly at Phillip Island and St Kilda), the Buchan Caves and the Gippsland Lakes.
The Dandenong Ranges (in particular the Puffing Billy Railway). Towns along the Murray River and Riverina including Echuca and Mildura including waterskiing.
Geelong and the Australian International Airshow. The Bellarine Peninsula which features historic resort towns such as Queenscliff.
The Surf Coast which features famous beaches such as Bells Beach, Torquay and Lorne Mornington Peninsula, particularly for its wineries and secluded beaches, Arthur's Seat and the coastal attractions of Portsea and Sorrento. Yarra Valley (in particular Healesville Sanctuary and wineries).
Great Ocean Road, which features The Twelve Apostles, historic towns of Port Fairy and Portland, cliffs and whale watching and resort towns such as Lorne. The Victorian Alpine Region, part of the Australian Alps, particularly for skiing The Central Victorian Highlands, 'Highcountry' are very well known for winter sports and bushwalking Other popular tourism activities are gliding, hang-gliding, hot air ballooning and scuba diving.
Major events also play a big part in tourism in Victoria, particularly cultural tourism and sports tourism. Most of these events are centred around Melbourne, but others occur in regional cities, such as the V8 Supercars and Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island, the Grand Annual Steeplechase at Warrnambool and the Australian International Airshow at Geelong and numerous local festivals such as the popular Port Fairy Folk Festival, Queenscliff Music Festival, Bells Beach Surf Classic and the Bright Autumn Festival.
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