The Great Ocean Road
Put simply, this one should be at the top of your list. The huge coastline is famous for its rugged beauty, which includes different rock formations, and its world-famous coastal drive. It’s not just a ‘drive’, either; it’s the sights along the way that continue to captivate travellers. Landmarks like the Twelve Apostles, London Bridge, Loch Ard Gorge and Teddy’s Lookout are just a few things to look out for along the route.
Bendigo is probably one of the most history-filled locations in the entire state. Places like the Central Deborah Gold Mine, Bendigo Art Gallery and the Golden Dragon Museum make a visit to Bendigo a history lesson for everyone who journeys there.
Gippsland is known for its beautiful lakes, picturesque camping grounds and famous Ninety Mile Beach, and honestly, it’s the perfect spot to just sit back and relax for a while.
One of the best things to do in Gippsland is probably the simplest; grab your tent or sleeping bag, and spend the night sleeping under the stars. We highly recommend doing so on a clear night along one of the many spots you can find on the beach. You can also go for a drive to the Buchan Caves and marvel at the limestone rocks, along with the hundreds of stalactites that line the ceilings.
Phillip Island has some of the best surfing spots and coastlines in the state. This town is only an hour from the city and is known for being the perfect relaxation spot during the hotter months of the year. Activities are aplenty, with hikes along Cape Woolamai, sightseeing at Pinnacles Lookout and the penguin parade only the beginning. That’s right, Phillip Island has penguins, and lots of them!
Ballarat is a fantastic place to go if you’re wanting to immerse yourself in the history of the gold rush of the 19th century. Some of the original buildings still stand today, and the opportunity to pan for gold is still a crowd favourite among visitors.
It’s the little daytrips that count, as well. Yarra Valley – Victoria’s wine country – is home to some of the best wine in Australia. There’s an abundance of wine tours that can be done, while activities for the entire family are spread throughout the region. One we can highly recommend is a hot air balloon ride over the stunning landscape of the valley. Due to the spectacle of all the vineyards and being up at the crack of dawn, the view will be mind-blowing and a memory to be cherished forever.
Lastly, the Mornington Peninsula is another location that’s worthy of a daytrip, with its scenic coastlines and must-try Peninsula Hot Springs that’ll put you into a state of relaxation you won’t want to come out of. Little areas like Dromana, Rye and Rosebud are also great spots for swimming, making them ideal during the warmer autumn days.
Whatever tickles your fancy, Victoria has it in spades. The only dilemma now is how will you fit it all in?