There is so much to see and do in the capital Melbourne, as well as getting outside the major cities and exploring the region’s fantastic countryside.
Being a relatively small state, it’s quite easy to get around Victoria and see some of the key features the area has to offer.
Let’s check out some things to see and do in Victoria to tick off your travel bucket list for 2020.
Explore while bushwalking the Grampians National Park
Victoria has some contrasting scenery, from bushland to rugged coastlines, bustling cities and a number of stunning national parks The Grampians is just one of a number of national parks visitors to Victoria should explore.
Even if you happen to be staying in Melbourne, you can get to the Grampians in just three hours driving west. It’s well worth it too, with a myriad of walking tracks tracing their way through the mountains, leading you to stunning lookouts and serene waterfalls.
Reeds Lookout is one you must check out, along with some amazing sights seen atop Mount William.
Grampians National Park is rated as one of the state’s top bushwalking destinations.
Join in the fun of Australia’s biggest sporting event
What is the country’s biggest sporting event? It’s actually a horse race run on the first Tuesday in November each year in Victoria’s capital, and the 2020 Melbourne Cup is shaping up to be the best ever in the race’s almost 160-year history.
It’s a race that stops a nation, but if you happen to be in Melbourne, you can actually get trackside, enjoy the spring sunshine, fine dining and lots of champagne as you watch the day’s entertainment on the track.
The event is not all about action on the racetrack through. For an entire week, Melbourne is in full-on party mode. The vibe is tremendous. You’ll find entertainment happening around the town wherever you go and it’s a non-stop great time.
Check out Australia’s largest fur seal colony
Wilsons Promontory is a national park located on a peninsula in south-eastern Victoria. Apart from majestic scenery and captivating beaches, the area is famous for its colony of fur seals.
In a rugged location called Seal Rocks, some 20,000 fur seals call this area of the world home, which makes it Australia’s largest colony of fur seals and one of the biggest on the planet. It doesn’t matter what time of the year you visit, the seals and their pups are always present, and regular tours travel to the area on a daily basis.
Although fur seals venture into the water to hunt for fish and squid, they spend much of their time soaking up the sun on land. Seals love to have fun, so their antics will keep visitors entertained for hours.
Bring your skis or snowboard
It doesn’t snow in many places in Australia, but the alps on the border between Victoria and New South Wales is an adventure playground during the winter months, with the best month for snow being July.
Choose to stay and ski in world-famous Mount Hotham or Mount Buller, or visit Falls Creek or Mount Baw Baw.
If you’ve never skied or snowboarded before, never fear, as every ski resort hosts lessons for complete beginners, right up to advanced skiers and boarders. There are even specialised lessons and ski runs for the little ones.
While taking a rest from the slopes, enjoy some fantastic food, a few drinks, or simply kick back and take in the amazing sights in this winter wonderland.
Apollo Bay is a quaint little seaside township that is one of the most popular pit stops along Victoria’s world-famous Great Ocean Road. It’s beach rates in Australia’s top 10 beaches, but the area is also home to a stunning national park, which includes the majestic Otway Mountain Ranges.
Also, check out Mariners Lookout for panoramic views of the ocean and entire area. Located not too far from the township are limestone formations jutting out of the ocean known as the 12 Apostles.
If you plan to drive the Great Ocean Road, then Apollo Bay is definitely worthy of a stopover.