Victoria may be the second smallest state in Australia, but it sure is big when it comes to tourism. Each year, it receives 11 million domestic visitors and more than 600,000 international tourists.
Getting around Victoria is also much easier than other states, because of its interconnected roads. Renting a campervan or a motorhome will not only save you money, it will also help you cover most destinations the region has to offer.
Starting point- Melbourne
There is always something in Melbourne to please anyone. The capital city of Victoria is known for its live music, dining experience and a strong sense of artistry. It is in this city that you can pick-up your campervan or motorhome. While in Melbourne, don’t miss the free city tram ride that goes around the CBD.
Head to the Queen Victoria Market and stock up on food for your journey. The market’s vibrant and exciting mix of cultures reflects the energy of the city. The marketplace is also close to many dining places that can cater to everyone’s taste.
From Melbourne, go to these 10 places you should not miss in Victoria.
1. Phillip Island
Phillip Island, a sanctuary for thousands of little Penguins, is just less than 2-hours drive south of Melbourne. Be sure to visit this place at night and see these little creatures march in what is known as a “Penguin Parade.”
Other things you can do are visit the Koala Conservation Centre and explore the island’s rugged coastline. The island also has a superbike circuit that hosts international-level competitions.
2. Melbourne Cricket Ground
The “G” is the Mecca of cricket in Australia and is a must stopover when you are in Victoria, especially if your favorite team is playing, whether it is cricket or Australian Rules Football.
This stadium has been the centerpiece of the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games. Touring the MCG grounds costs $55 for one family while children under five years old are free.
3. Eureka Skydeck 88
Watch Melbourne from a bird’s eye view 88-levels above the Eureka tower. Its viewing deck provides the best platform to see the magnificent city of the south and its neighboring areas.
Their elevators are fast at 9 metres per second and takes only 38 seconds from ground floor to the 88th. The tower’s top ten floors are also plated in 24-carat gold. Now that’s a bling-bling.
4. Dandenong Ranges National Park
Just less than an hour from Melbourne and you will find yourself out of the city and into the wilderness. The Dandenong Ranges has it all- wildlife, restaurants and great trails. If you bring seeds, you can even feed the Cockatoos, Rosellas, King Parrots and other birds nesting in the area.
Do try also the 1,000 steps Kodoka Walk, which will test out your endurance. The park also has lots of picnic grounds for you to stay and even has horseback riding sessions.
5. Bendigo Art Gallery
Art lovers will surely not miss visiting the Bendigo Art Gallery. It has been named as one of the best in rural Australia because of their well-curated collection of art pieces. Many of the gallery’s collection are British and European Continental 19th-century paintings.
The gallery has also featured top class exhibitions like The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece, the Golden Age of Couture and Grace Kelly: Style Icon, to name a few. Bendigo is also host to the $50,000 Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize- the richest open painting prize in the country.
6. The Great Ocean Road
Nothing beats a road trip. And in this part of Oz, one name comes to mind- the Great Ocean Road. Stretching 250-kilometres from Torquay to Warrnambool, the trip will take you to Victoria’s surf towns, hippie communes, famous national parks and bizarre rock formations.
Because there are so many sights to see on this road, not only the Twelve Apostles and Bay of Islands, give at least two days to finish the whole course. Other must-see destinations include the London Bridge (aka the Arch), the Otway Fly and Tree Top Walk (zip-lining is highly recommended) and the Cape Otway Lightstation which has been in operation since 1848.
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7. St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Attend church services or just drop by for a prayer at the St. Patrick’s Cathedral, which is just a walk away from Melbourne CBD. Established in 1863, this century-old church is one of the best examples of Gothic Revival architecture. It was named after the patron saint of Ireland, which reflects the main origin of the local Catholic community.
Dubbed as the Cradle of Catholicism in Australia, it is easy to distinguish because of its bluestone exterior and majestic gardens. The interior is accentuated by the light from ornate stained-glass and an organ with 4,500 pipes.
8. The Great Aussie Beer Shed
Not everyone drinks alcohol, but anyone will appreciate what is waiting for you at the Great Aussie Beer Shed. It is the only museum of its kind in Oz that has a huge collection of beer cans and brewery-related items. It currently has 16,000 beer cans from the country and around the world. Bar signs, modern brewery equipment, old wooden beer bottles also abound in this shack.
Its owner Neil Thomas will personally tour you around the shed and share the story behind his collection. Interested? Visit them at 377 Maryann Road, Echuca.
9. Healesville Sanctuary
Tucked east of Melbourne is the Healesville Sanctuary where you can see most of Australia’s native animals like wombats, dingoes, wallabies, kangaroos and over 200 varieties of native birds. To get in, adults have to pay $31.60 and children $15.80. Kids get free admission on Saturday, Sunday and school holidays.
The best thing you can do is a platypus. Healesville is one of the only two places that have successfully bred this endemic mammal.
10. Peninsula Hot Springs
When you feel tired from all your travelling in Victoria, we recommend you hit the Peninsula Hot Springs which is less than two hours from Melbourne. You can find them on Springs Lane, Fingal, Mornington Peninsula.
The spring’s natural thermal mineral waters are proven to ease your tired muscles and give you a relaxing feeling. The hot springs have over 20 global-inspired bathing including Turkish steam bath, hilltop pool, reflexology walk and cave pool.
These are just some of the places you can visit in the wonderful region of Victoria. If you need to book or rent your campervan or motorhome for your next vacation or road trip visit or call a Cheapa Camper office nearest you.