Stroll through Queen Victoria Market, a Melbourne institution since 1878, and pick up gourmet goods. For cutting-edge culture, food and shopping, Federation Square offers a city block full of galleries, restaurants and stores.
Victoria may be Australia’s smallest continental state, but Melbourne, its capital, is big on everything. With a population of 4.25 million people living in 59 separately named communities within 715 square miles, Melbourne is a sprawling city offering culture, art, fashion and friendly, sports-minded Australians. It is also an easy city to explore. At the heart of the city is the Golden Mile, the city’s governmental and commercial center, home to hotels, shops, restaurants and theaters.
Originally part of New South Wales, Victoria became a colony in its own right in 1851. The discovery of gold propelled Melbourne’s growth to prominence and prosperity.
Travel Tip: Melbourne is pronounced "mell-burn."
Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges
Explore the fertile Valley, known to be a world-class wine region like those in France and Italy and/or visit a lush haven of the Dandenong Ranges’ secret fern glades, towering forests and eclectic villages.
Royal Botanic Garden
The vast Royal Botanic Gardens are considered to be among the finest in the world. Located on the southern banks of the Yarra River just 5 minutes from the bustling city.
Ballarat: Sovereign Hill
Step back in time and experience Australia’s exciting gold rush days. Pan for gold and explore this award-winning, interactive outdoor museum that recreates the hustle and bustle of 1850s life.
Also known as "Fed Square," this world-class, cutting-edge cultural and entertainment destination takes up an entire city block! Explore the art galleries, museum, restaurants, bars, shops and more.
Experience a distinctly Australian wildlife experience. Get close to over 200 species of native wildlife, including platypus, koalas, emus, Tasmanian devils, lyrebirds and wombats in a bush setting.
While it’s close to the city, it seems a world away. Reminiscent of the Mediterranean, it offers vineyards and olive groves, historic country house retreats, seaside villages and intimate hotels.
Puffing Billy Train
This century-old train is one of the most popular steam heritage railways in the world. It still runs on its original mountain track in the scenic Dandenong Ranges, just as it did in the early 1900s.
Queen Victoria Market
Opened in 1878, this huge open-air market is a Melbourne institution. You’ll find a wide array of goods amongst the "sheds," from fresh produce and meats, to clothes, housewares, and souvenirs.