Melbourne & Surrounds

Located in Australia’s southern state of Victoria, Melbourne is Australia’s second largest city. It’s a vibrant city with just the right architectural mix of colonial heritage and contemporary design.  The city is a gateway to an array of amazing adventures.

MELBOURNE CITY

Melbourne is a city that knows how to live. Choose from high-end cuisine to basement rock gigs, plays, festivals and blockbuster sporting events – all happening across a city full of parks, gardens and historic architecture. Explore historic arcades and laneways lined with fine dining restaurants, chic cafes, hidden bars and fashion boutiques or head to one of the many lush gardens throughout the city.

Discover Melbourne’s obsession with football, cricket, soccer and just about anything else that involves working up a sweat. Head to the sports precinct to visit the hallowed ground of the MCG. In Melbourne everything has its own festival. From food, film, art and music festivals to celebrations of writing, anime, design and projections – get involved and experience the city through the arts.

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YARRA VALLEY & DANDENONG RANGES

Revel in the good life up and down the Yarra Valley and lose yourself in the magical gardens and eclectic villages of the Dandenong Ranges. Take the short drive from the city and feel a world away. Visit historic wineries and renowned restaurants, hike through towering forests to misty waterfalls, and find inspiration at regional galleries, nature parks and ornamental gardens.

One of the world’s leading producers of cool climate wines, the Yarra Valley region is also home to chefs, brewers, cider makers and distillers. Get a taste of regional favourites at cellar doors and eateries, and stock up at farmgates as you go.

With appetite sated, it’s time to discover a region where creativity and nature walk hand in hand. Unwind in manicured gardens and national parks, see native animals up close, and delve into the vibrant art scene, on display in bustling villages and sleek galleries from TarraWarra to Warburton.

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PHILLIP ISLAND

Discover endless coastlines and seaside villages, abundant wildlife, international motorsport and a multitude of family attractions on Phillip Island, a holiday haven with a big reputation.

Explore natural wonders of land and sea, from the nightly penguin parade and colony of fur seals to sleepy koalas, migrating birds and the pristine landscapes of the National Surfing Reserve and Rhyll Inlet.

Dine out by the water or catch your own dinner with a line off the local pier. Surf wild ocean breaks and splash about with the kids on the calm northern beaches. Adrenaline junkies will love the smell of the burning rubber that signals the start of the international motorcycle or car racing championships.

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GREAT OCEAN ROAD

Set off on your own Great Ocean Road adventure and experience one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives. See the towering 12 Apostles, get up close to native wildlife, and take in iconic surf breaks, pristine rainforest and misty waterfalls as you go. Choose from a diverse array of things to see and do all across the region. Get outdoors on bushwalking, surfing and mountain biking expeditions or take the cultural route through galleries, museums and heritage attractions. Admire the stunning coastline on the Great Ocean Walk, see koalas, emus and kangaroos at Tower Hill, and explore surf towns and inspiring seaside villages. Gourmands will relish the opportunity to explore an internationally renowned culinary scene, while stopping in at cellar doors, farm gates and fresh provedores to stock up for the journey home.

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GRAMPIANS NATIONAL PARK

Scale the great sandstone mountains of the Grampians region to reach breathtaking views and a bright, new perspective. Head out on walking tracks that lead to powerful waterfalls, wildlife, dazzling wildflower displays and awe-inspiring lookouts. Savour celebrated local wine at cellar doors and a sublime meal at a multi-award-winning restaurant. Take in extraordinary art, old and new, in galleries indoors and out. Wherever you go, be enchanted and inspired by the striking landscapes of the Grampians spread out before you.

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