Population: Circa 5.5 Million – Australia’s most densely populated state
Climate: Mild weather with four distinct seasons. The climate varies across the state, it’s generally drier and warmer up in the north
Great for: Shopping, Nightlife, Festivals, Sports, History and Heritage
Explore the hidden laneways with their stylish eateries, cafés and boutiques and visit the bars, cinemas and restaurants that roll out across the rooftops every summer. Walk along bohemian Brunswick Street for great food, art and fashion finds. Melbourne’s got plenty in store for culture fans too – from historic theatres to cutting edge performing art, there really is something for everybody. Sports fans won’t get bored here either: The Grand Prix and the Grand Slam are just two events in Melbourne’s busy sporting events calendar.
Great Ocean Road
Taking you along spectacular coastline, the Great Ocean Road is one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives. Stop to take in the views of the majestic Twelve Apostles, swim with dolphins on the Bellarine Peninsula and discover thundering waterfalls in the nearby rainforests.
Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges
Just an hour away from Melbourne, the Yarra Valley offers tranquil villages set in lush scenery, and it’s known for great food and wines. A unique way to discover the area is by hot air balloon.
Further South the Dandenong Ranges invite you to delve into secret fern glades and whispering forests.
Head’s top tip
"Shop for unique fashion and art at the wonderful St Kilda Beach market."
"Journey out to Phillip Island for the Moto GP or to visit the island’s favourite inhabitants for the ever-popular Penguin Parade."
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