Big Melbourne, quaint villages, broad beaches, tantalizing Tasmania & more
Discover the many allures in a thriving capital of culture with a diverse population – Melbourne, Australia’s second largest metropolis. In addition to riveting sports from tennis and cricket, to motor racing and Australian rules Football, explore fashionable restaurants and shops, and a nightlife full of clubs, bars, music venues, and theaters.
A destination for active vacationers in search of hiking, biking, diving, and fishing, Tasmania also has the charming city of Hobart to explore, with stone cottages and tea rooms, museums and harbor cruises, brewery tours and wine routes, and more. Head to Maria Island for a guided nature walk followed by fine food and wines!
Outside of Melbourne, travel the Great Ocean Road, one of the world’s most scenic coastal routes, and see the magnificent 12 Apostles rock formations, pro surfers at Bells Beach, and a treasure trove of ancient Aboriginal culture. Get up close with the penguins of Phillip Island, and pan for gold at Ballarat, a beautifully preserved Victorian-era boomtown.
Get an eyeful of koalas, limestone cliffs, dreamy beaches, surfer girls and surfer boys, mountain ranges, Aboriginal villages, and much more when you travel the Great Ocean Road
Phill er’ Up
Discover Phillip Island’s amazing ocean vistas, motorcycle GP and Wordl Superbike racing, and, of course, the nightly parade of penguins from water’s edge to their nests in the dunes.
Australian Rules Football Rules!
Head to Etihad Stadium or the “G” in Melbourne for a taste of Australian Rules Football, an exciting hybrid of soccer, American football, rugby, and, well, utter anarchy…
Stroll through Sovereign Hill’s restored and recreated historic Gold Rush town – and pan for gold yourself – at one of Victoria’s most popular attractions.
Make a beeline to iconic, century-old Luna Park amusement park in St. Kilda for old-fashioned fun, then unwind in one of the numerous cafes on nearby Acland Street.
The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant is exactly what it sounds like, so enjoy a great meal and quality Australian wines while cruising the streets of Melbourne in style.
Shores & Stores
Home of the world’s longest-running surfing competition, Bells Beach is just down the road from Torquay, shopping mecca of the Great Ocean Road.
V for Victorian
Pull off the Great Ocean Road for a round of antiquing, fish & chips, homemade ice cream, and more in the quaint Victorian seaside village of Queenscliff.
Immerse yourself in the tranquillity and beauty of Hobart’s waterfront, all docks, boats, shops, cafes, and restaurants, plus the bustling Salamanca Marketplace.
Rock the Cradle
Get away from it all at Cradle Mountain, one of Tasmania World Heritage Sites, which also encompasses Lake St. Clair, the Southern Hemisphere’s deepest glacial lake.
Source: World Traveler, Australia & the South Pacific