Victoria is the second-most populous state in Australia, with most of its population based around beautiful Port Phillip Bay. Melbourne, the state’s capital is a booming hub of activity, with amazing restaurants, bars, cafes, theatre/cultural/arts precincts and a night life to suit all age groups!
Travel out of Melbourne however, and Victoria really starts to shine!
Gippsland and its surrounding areas boast a natural landscape and lifestyle that locals and tourists can enjoy all year round. Whether it be the surf at Inverloch, the mouth watering local produce of Gippsland, the pristine waters of the Gippsland Lakes, or the summer/winter outdoor adventures at Mt Baw Baw, there are so many options for one to enjoy. Living locally or just visiting for the weekend, life doesn’t get much better!
Only 38 kms (approx) from Melbourne, with lush rain forest, cool valleys and low set mountain ranges, this picturesque area of Victoria attracts residents wanting a simple, but stimulating life, and tourists wanting to experience the cafes, restaurants, galleries and walking trails that put the ‘Dandenongs’ on the map! Belgrave, Sassafras, Monbulk, Olinda and Kallista make up this beautiful part of Victoria, and offer gorgeous cafes, gift shops, restaurants, galleries and nurseries, to explore and enjoy.
Geelong, the Bellarine Peninsula & The Great Ocean Road
Geelong is the second-most populous area of Victoria, and offers arts/sport/food/education and accommodation options that are second-to-none. The Barwon River and Corio Bay are in close proximity to the vibrant city centre, and the Melbourne skyline can be admired across Port Phillip Bay!
Torquay, Lorne, Queenscliff, Barwon Heads, Ocean Grove, Point Lonsdale and Port Arlington are all in proximity to Geelong, and whether it be summer, winter, weekdays or weekends, offer a vast array of dining, accommodation, leisure, sporting, relaxation, cultural and touring options to suit everyone in search fun and adventure.
The Great Ocean Road, which begins in Torquay, covers 243 km of rugged and stunning coastline, and snakes its way through beautiful townships that ‘do’ Victoria proud!
Wilsons Promontory & Prom Country, which includes the townships of Loch, Nyora, Walkerville, Leongatha, Yanakie, Venus Bay, Fish Creek, Port Welshpool and Korumburra boast natural attractions that must be seen to be believed!
Wilsons Promontory National Park is world-famous for attracting campers, hikers, adventurers and fun-seekers, is home to some of Australia’s most spectacular flora & fauna.
Amazing waterfalls, forest trails, surf breaks, rolling green pastures, scenic driving/cycling routes, wonderful wineries, produce stores, local galleries and museums, and welcoming cafes and restaurants all come together to make your visit to this pocket of Victoria truly memorable.
Surf, seals, seafood and spas will entice, as will the ‘Penguin Parade’, the unforgiving-but-spectacular coastline, the wildlife parks, the fishing spots, and the bustling main street, filled with cafes, shops and restaurants.
Just over 75km (approx) out of Melbourne, enjoy a day trip or weekend away to this magical part of Victoria, and take advantage of what’s on offer on ‘the Island’. It will not disappoint!