Day 1 Healesville.
Welcome to your Yarra Valley getaway. From 3 pm today you can check in to your accommodation, a character-filled, restored heritage building full of history and stories. You'll be staying right in the heart of Healesville, which sits on the traditional land of the Wurundjeri pe... Travel Dates: 25 July - 30 December 2020
Australia Retreat: Yarra Valley
Day 1 Healesville. Welcome to your Yarra Valley getaway. From 3 pm today you can check in to your accommodation, a character-filled, restored heritage building full of history and stories. You'll be staying right in the heart of Healesville, which sits on the traditional land of the Wurundjeri pe...
Travel Dates: 25 July - 30 December 2020
Victoria is a colourful collection of stunning landscapes, offering unique experiences that will not soon be forgotten. From the iconic Great Ocean Road to the unique wildlife of Phillip Island, touring the natural beauty will thrill those that love the great outdoors. Though, if culture, history and cutting edge design is what you seek, Melbourne provides an urban getaway with its finger well and truly on the pulse.
Don't miss these Victoria attractions
- Drive the Great Ocean Road
- Phillip Island Nature Park Cruise
- Guided walk through Wilsons Promontory
- Melbourne's Federation Square
- Melbourne Museum
Melbourne's cultural affair
Most choose to begin their Victorian expedition in Melbourne, and for good reason. It's not only the capital of the state, but a sophisticated epicentre showcasing some of Australia's best museums, galleries, music, food and sport. As the city is so accessible, walking tours are a great way to uncover all of Melbourne's hidden gems.
Marvel at Victorian-era architecture as you learn the city's haunted past on a ghost tour. Alternatively, laneway tours provide a glimpse into hidden cafes and street art, or a kayak cruise along the riverfront offers a whole new perspective. Don't forget to make a stop at Federation Square. It's one of the city's most popular attractions as it hosts over 2,000 events every year. It also houses the Ian Potter Centre: National Gallery of Victoria Australia and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.
Outside the city limits
Journey inland to discover the charm and beauty of the Victorian countryside. The Yarra Valley boasts over 80 wineries and is known for its fresh produce. Day tours from Melbourne allow you to sample the spoils of this rich valley, including some of the award-winning wines. Alternatively, enjoy the scenery aboard a steam train for a day tour though the Healesville Sanctuary to view some of the region's native wildlife.
Off the coast, Phillip Island eco tours and cruises offer a chance to watch fairy penguins toddle to their burrows, or witness Australia's largest fur seal population along Seal Rocks. Though, perhaps one of Victoria's best coastal experiences is the Great Ocean Road – a scenic drive that captures incredible views of beaches, mountain ranges, rainforests and the iconic Twelve Apostles.