Most of the attractions in Victoria come from Melbourne. And Melbourne has more tourist attractions than most major cites. A colourful history, old colonial buildings, and a love of international cuisine and world class sport means Melbourne has something for eveyone. Just outside the city however is one of Australia's most scenic drives, the Great Ocean Road.
Step back in time and brush up on your history and general knowledge by visiting a variety of museums and galleries. The Melbourne Zoo is also a place to take in different sights and sounds and hang out with some wild friends.
Victorians are passionate about football and cricket, not even the four seasons in a day (often synonymous with Melbourne weather) will keep them away from their Melbourne sports games. Sport in Melbourne is a serious business with clubs such as the MCC and AFL clubs having huge patronage by Australian and international standards.
If all that still sounds too exhausting, put your feet up and soak up the ambience whilst refueling at an inner city restaurant. Alternatively, you can take in the lovely Yarra River with a luxurious cruise. Slowly cruising past trimmed, lush parklands is a relaxing way to see most of the city.
One of the most well-known museums in Victoria is the Melbourne Museum. Watch the museum come alive as you investigate anything from dinosaur bones, to live bugs. For a more experiential time check out the set of "Neighbours" or take in the lush surroundings of a rainforest. Allow two hours to explore the whole museum and don't forget to pop in and see 'Phar Lap'. There are many things to keep the kids awake - The Children's Museum, IMAX and 3D Virtual Room. There is a free city circle train to the museum in Carlton.
The kids will also be entertained at the Scienceworks museum at Spotswood. See a range of interesting objects on display and do some 3D star gazing. The museum also has live science shows and a special lightening room. It is only 5 km from Melbourne CBD and the museum is close to the Spotswood train station.
In Melbourne, Victoria, there are also two museums devoted to our early immigrants; The Chinese Museum and Australian Immigration Museum, Melbourne.
The Chinese Museum (in Chinatown) has five levels overflowing with items and is the keeper of the largest dragon in the world. Similarly, the Melbourne Immigration Museum is located in the heart of the city and paints a picture of foreign settlers' experiences in Australia from the 1800's to current times. Well worth a visit if you are interested in your family history.
There aren't too many capital cities in Australia, or the world where you can walk by a large river, be surrounded by leafy parklands and still be within minutes from the metropolis. The Yarra River in Melbourne, Australia is a rare exception, running for 242km and boasting the largest port in the southern hemisphere.
The river boat cruises in Melbourne Victoria tend to take two main courses. The upper river journey incorporates Herring Island, Royal Botanical Gardens and the main sporting arenas. The downstream track travels past the port of Melbourne, the Casino and the World Trade Centre. Both tracks could be seen in half a day. The city river cruises website has a map of the Yarra River, Melbourne and the sights you'll see along the way.
There are a range of river cruises in Melbourne to choose from. "The Melbourne River Cruise" is an enclosed boat and good for those scorching hot summer days. For a bit of luxury the "MV Melba Star" cruise is a new attraction to Melbourne. Alternatively, you can dine on one of the restaurant cruise boats or experience the old steam boat for a bit of nostalgia.
For affordability, the Yarra River shuttle service stops at eight well-known destinations including Federation Square, Southbank, and the Aquarium. You can get on and off the 8 stops from 10am-8pm. There are also water taxis, private/corporate boat charters and gondola rides available.
Don't forget the river comes alive in March with Victoria's famous Melbourne Moomba water festival.
If there is one thing that Australians are passionate about it's sport. Melbourne, Australia accommodates all your big sporting events, like international cricket, football and soccer at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and tennis at the Australian Open at Melbourne Park. These sporting facilities are clustered close together in Melbourne.
If you love your cricket, you will probably be glued to the TV set in summer. Why not see some of the games in person at the MCG? The MCG holds 100,000 fans and is located in Yarra Park, just minutes from the CBD. Commonly referred to as the 'G', the Melbourne Cricket Grounds has existed for 153 years.
Melbourne cricket fans will be aware that the stadium has been revamped with the creation of a new stand. The Melbourne Cricket Club is the biggest club in Australia and competitive by world standards. Full membership gives you entry to the members' reserve at the G.
The Melbourne AFL club also operates out of the MCG and is worth checking out during your travels. For keen AFL fans, the Kangaroo AFL Football Club meets in North Melbourne with club services set up at the Telstra dome in Melbourne Olympic Park.
Victoria is the sporting hub of Australia with venues such as Albert Park Lane for the Grand Prix, Flemington Race Course for the Melbourne Cup, and the Melbourne Olympic Park for a range of other international and local sporting events.
All Melbourne sports venues are easily accessible by trains, trams and ferries.
Attention all animal lovers visiting Melbourne, Australia! Meet over 300 interesting critters including tigers, bears and meerkats at Australia's own Melbourne Zoo.
The world renowned zoo in Melbourne, Victoria is open every day of the year from 9am-5pm. There are no excuses to miss all the new attractions, including a candid chat with the zoo's three new elephants.
Check out the new Orangutan Sanctuary with tree top viewing and test out the Melbourne weather at the same time. The tree top walkway brings you up-close-and-personal with the animals in their natural surroundings. Alternatively, you can breathe in the fresh air as you walk through the tropical African and Asian rainforests at the zoo.
Melbourne Zoo is Australia's oldest zoo and is situated 4km from Melbourne city. It is easy to catch a train or tram from the city centre.
To find your way around the zoo more easily, you'll need a detailed map. Simply go to the Melbourne Zoo Australia's website for more information.
The average length of visit to the zoo is 4 hours, which means the whole trip can be completed in a single day. There are also group discounts and special packages for school students.
There is a concert event for the summer season, which runs for 18 evenings from the Jan 20-March 24. Well known Australian artists on the new stage can include - Kate Ceberano, James Reyne and Glen Shorrock.
You can also check out the Melbourne Zoo Australia's web site for their conservation plan for endangered species and the environment.
Great Ocean Road
Just a few hours drive from Melbourne you can find yourself travelling on Victoria's Great Ocean Road. Your journey weaves along through endless communities, until you reach the 12 Apostles, a feature of the Great Ocean Road. The Apostles are twelve columns of rock towering out of the ocean, carved from thousands of years of erosion
The 12 Apostles are Victoria's famous landmark with a purpose-built, visitor information centre on site for the convenience of the millions of visitors arriving throughout the year. The construction is built to blend in with the native surroundings and provides a subway to the Apostles, under the Great Ocean road, to ensure a safe, easy passage to the viewing platforms.
More attractions on the Great Ocean Road include the Aire River, Hordenvale Wetlands, Loch Ard Gorge, beach shipwrecks, the lighthouse at Cape Otway and whale watching from June to September.
When visiting Victoria and the Great Ocean Road, be sure to pack for a variety of temperatures as Victorian weather is generally quite unpredictable. Although the area is considered to favour a traditionally cooler climate, you should be prepared for the possibility of a mixture of seasons, sometimes all in the one day.