Things to do - general

Victoria is Australia’s most densely populated state and its second-most populous state overall. Most of its population is concentrated in the area surrounding Port Phillip Bay, which includes the metropolitan area of its capital and largest city, Melbourne, which is Australia’s second-largest city.

Packed into such a compact area is a wealth of diverse regional areas and attractions, from sweeping coastline and pristine beaches to national parks and forests teeming with wildlife to wineries, lakes and mountains offering skiing, climbing and hiking. Best of all, many of Victoria’s unique and varied landscapes are easily accessible as day trips from Melbourne.

Seasons and climate
Despite its small size, the Victorian climate varies across the state. The north is much drier and warmer weather than the south. Australia’s seasons are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere. The climate can be characterised as warm to hot in summer (December to February), mild in autumn (March to May), cold and damp in winter (June to August), and cool in spring (September to November).

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Languages spokenEnglish
Currency usedAustralian dollar ($AUD).
Area (km2)Area: 237,629 km²

Sports & nature

Nature & wildlife High Country is home to the Victorian Alps, the spectacular alpine section of Australia's iconic Great Dividing Range. Discover towering winter-snowed mountains, tree-covered ranges, tranquil alpine lakes and rivers and rural farmlands. Whatever season you visit, you'll be spoiled with stunning scenery. The alpine villages are crowned in pristine white during winter and cloaked with wildflowers in summer. Come in autumn to see Bright's majestic tree-lined streets in all their glory. Drive the Great Alpine Road, one of Australia's great touring routes, winding through the region's alpine landscapes, heritage towns, and local food and wine producers.Sports and nature image

Nightlife info

See indie and electro, hip hop, rock and everything in between at any number of the city's premier music venues. Kick up your heals to Nouvelle Vague at the Prince Bandroom in St Kilda, enjoy a killer feed before a night of music at the Northcote Social Club, or see visionary international acts like The Mountain Goats and Yo La Tengo at the Corner Hotel in Richmond. Nightlife image

Culture and history info

History & heritage For at least 20,000 years Aboriginal tribes have been living and travelling around the High Country, making the annual trek in summer to feast on Bogong Moths. Explorers Hume and Hovell were the first Europeans to discover the region in 1824. Gold prospectors were next to arrive, seeking their fortunes. They were followed by the infamous bushrangers and their daring exploits. Cattlemen also set up home, driving their herds to the alpine grasses and leaving the legacy of the huts they built as shelter. See the High Country's rich history reflected in streetscapes, picturesque townships and mountain huts. And for a glimpse into the lives of Victoria's early holidaymakers, take a drive up to the famous Mount Buffalo Chalet – one of the state's first ski resorts. The region's landscapes and cultural heritage also inspired some of Australia's most endearing legends including bush poet AB 'Banjo' Paterson's The Man From Snowy River and bushranger Ned Kelly.Culture and history image

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