Located on the east coast of Australia, Victoria is around the same size as the UK and is actually the country’s second-smallest state. However, don’t let that put you off; there is so much packed into this relatively small area that you will have plenty to see and do.
The state’s capital city is Melbourne, and this is definitely one of the most diverse and cosmopolitan cities in the country. There always seems to be an exciting festival of some sort taking place, and the city has plenty of shops, bars, restaurants and theatres. The arts scene in the city is thriving, and its location on Port Phillip Bay means that there are also plenty of attractions on the waterfront.
Festivals and sporting events
Timing your visit to Victoria just right is essential if you want to visit one of the many events which take place here each year. There is the Spring Racing Carnival that takes place towards the end of the year, and a part of this is the prestigious Melbourne Cup that takes place in November. January is the time of year to visit for tennis enthusiasts; the Australian Open Tennis happens then. Add to this, food festivals in March, a comedy festival in March and April, and a vast range of art festivals that take place during the winter months.
The state of Victoria is also perfect for those who are interested in history. The Victorian architecture will take you back in time; these buildings were constructed around the time of the ‘gold rush’, but if you want to go even further back, there are plenty of aboriginal landmarks which demonstrate a heritage that dates back tens of thousands of years.
Victoria is definitely a great place for anyone who wants to get a sense of Australian history and lifestyle; plan your trip today!