Top Attractions in Victoria

March 23, 2010

· Visit the state capital, Melbourne. No visit to Victoria is complete without visiting Melbourne, and there are countless attractions waiting to be explored. The city centre has plenty of must visit sites such as the Crown Casino, the Melbourne Museum, Melbourne Zoo, and the Melbourne Aquarium. Other areas to consider visiting are the area around St Kilda home to the world famous Luna Park and the wonderful beach. Other tourist icons to visit in the city are the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Cricket Grounds (known as the MCG) and also the Eureka Tower a 300 metre skyscraper which is the tallest building in the Southern hemisphere!

· Take a trip to the former Goldfields Region in Victoria and follow the “G” route – by following signposts along the route that have a golden “G” displayed on them, you will be visiting the most prominent heritage towns and villages of the region. The most important places along this route include Ballarat, Creswick, Castlemaine, Maldon, Bendigo, Avoca, and Ararat. Learn all about the Victoria Gold Rush, and take a trip back in time! Just take the Western Freeway from Melbourne and you are on the “G” Route!

· Visit the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum Complex and you will learn all about the history of the dangerous southern coast of Victoria, which claimed many lives and sea faring vessels. The museum is designed in 19th century coastal port style, and the recreation is outstanding – learn all about the history of the area from the shipwrecks to the way of life of the Flagstaff inhabitants!

· Enjoy a trip to Healesville Sanctuary. A day trip to the Healesville Sanctuary will give you a total experience of Australian wildlife, and you will hear the sights and sounds of bushlife! Here you will come close to over 200 species of Australian fauna, from koala bears, to emus to wombats!

· Take a tour of the Mornington Peninsula and experience the natural beauty of this part of the Victoria state. The Mornington Peninsula travels south eastwards from Melbourne City along the picturesque shores of Port Phillip Bay. Visit the wonderful golden beaches at Frankston, Portsea, Sorrento, Flinders and Somers Beach.  Check out the Red Hill Winery area. A visit to the scenic Arthur’s Seat will afford you great views of the Mornington Bay area, and Melbourne itself.

· If you’re into wine tasting and consumption in marvellous surroundings, visit the Yarra Valley Wine Region.Some of the highlights of this region include a trip to the Katandra Gardens where you will learn about the wondrous Australian landscape and flowers, and some wonderful National Parks such as the Dandenong Ranges National Park and the Lake Mountain Resort. You could also fit in a hot air balloon trip of the Yarra Valley.

· A trip to Otway Fly Tree Top Walk along the Great Ocean Road, will take you up to 30 metres above ground level for the longest tree top trek in the world! Enjoy the thrill of the long walk as you move along the treetops!

· Drive along the Great Ocean Road which is located 100km to the south west of Melbourne – it is one of the most scenic driving routes in the world and stretches for over 270km. The most famous tourist sight along the Great Ocean Road is the Twelve Apostles which are giant rock formations, which rise from the sea and are part of the Port Campbell National Park. The views are breathtaking, there attractions along the Great Ocean Road endless, from surfing to boat trips to water sports!

· Take a trip along the scenic Bellarine Peninsula which has so much to offer the tourist such as Fort Queenscliff, Queenscliff Maritime Museum and the steam trains of Bellarine Peninsula Railway.

· And last but not least, no trip to the state of Victoria is complete without a trip of the Puffing Billy Steam Railway. The Puffing Billy is Australia’s oldest surviving and preserved steam train. Enjoy a 25 km journey through forest vegetation and lush green fields. It is one of the best ways to get acquainted with the Dandenong Mountain Ranges, and you will go from Belgrave to Emerald Lake Park and Gembrook. What could be better than enjoying the fine dining on the train, and watch the wonderful scenery as the train passes through each scenic location. The Puffing Billy runs each day except Christmas Day.

The best way to explore the beautiful region of Victoria is to hire a car. For the best in car rental deals, reserve Car Hire Melbourne.

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