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Victoria’s hidden gems

Victoria’s hidden gems

When Victoria’s back in full swing, there is no limit to exciting activities and places to explore. It’s a state filled with contrasts – cultural pursuits, fascinating history and heritage, and natural attractions that will take your breath away. It can be a little overwhelming, so Caravanning Australia is here to help. Here are some local delights to inspire your next big road trip.

Night-time wildlife encounters at Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Park

Get up close and personal to Australia’s most iconic wildlife in these intimate settings, such as cuddly koalas, cheeky dingoes or cute kookaburras. Located in Pearcedale, it’s less than an hour’s drive from Melbourne. We recommend booking a night tour so that you can see these animals at their most active. It’s a unique wildlife experience, where you can see pythons, endangered quolls, tiny feathertail gliders and more! You’ll be enthralled by the friendly staff’s knowledge of these critters.

Visit Victoria’s Little Desert National Park

Located 375 kilometres west of Melbourne lies Victoria’s very own desert. This remote destination receives only 400–600 millimetres of annual rainfall, and is the sacred land of the Wotjobaluk people. You can camp, go for bushwalks, stargaze and hike along the rolling dunes Victoria’s Little Desert National Park. Its considerable distance from any city means that you can see the full splendour of the stars, uninterrupted by city lights.

Relax with a glass of wine at Montalto

This family-run business has 13 vineyards in total, with seven on the cellar door property. It’s beautifully tended to, with an idyllic sculpture garden that’s perfect for post-lunch strolls. Some of the sculptures are dotted within the vines, which you can discover at your own leisure. During picnic season, it’s a magical setting – pick up a bottle of pinot noir from their cellar door to enjoy alfresco-style.

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