Victoria is the smallest mainland state of Australia in area
, but it packs a lot of history. Indigenous Australians lived there for thousands of years before Melbourne
was established by John Batman in 1835
Melbourne is also Federal Parliament.
Victoria is also known as the Bushranger State with Ned Kelly and the Kelly Gang as the best known.
Gold rushes established the towns of Ballarat and Bendigo, just near the fabulous Grampians and was the scene of the famous Eureka Stockade which saw a battle between government and miners won by the miners. The Eureka Flag is still an important symbol in Australian politics.
Melbourne is well known for markets, restaurants, theatres & stage shows. The South Bank on the Yarra is an important tourist precinct. Melbourne is well serviced by a network of trams for inner city travel. Situated on Port Philip Bay, it has great beaches, and is only a few hours drive from the Dandenongs.
Melbourne is also known as the home of the AFL and includes the famous MCG. Formula One racing, Australian Tennis Open and The Melbourne Cup are all drawcards for Melbourne and the tourist industry.
In the north west of the state is found Mildura in the Sunraysia area, a fruit and vinegrowing area, and the River Murray which forms the northern state boundary. Echuca is another early River Murray town.
Around Shepparton and Goulburn there are more fantastic fruit growing areas.
Wodonga is the Victorian half of the Albury Wodonga regional centre, sited on both sides of the River Murray.
Snow covered mountains in the east allow for ski holidays and these same mountains include the Man from Snowy River country and the incredible Snowy Mountains Scheme of the 1950s� which can still be toured today.
In the South East is Phillip island, home of a motorcycle Grand Prix and penguins.
The manufacturing area of Geelong supports a large regional city about two hours from Melbourne.
No trip to Victoria is complete without driving the Great Ocean Road with its fabulous scenery.