There’s a reason why Victoria’s tourism logo is a jigsaw puzzle of the state. Cleverly, this colorful analogy rings true to the varying pieces of the Garden State – each of which is just as important to experience as the other.
Of course, Victoria’s main puzzle piece is its capital, Melbourne. A city that counts dining, nightlife, art, shopping and sport amongst its many talents and passions. Of all of Australia’s capitals, Melbourne would have to take out the prize for most personality. And despite its commonly dreary weather, it’s never been one to let a little rain get in the way of a good tennis match, AFL grand final, morning coffee or evening cocktail.
Although you could easily spend an entire vacation dedicated to exploring the enchanting laneways of Melbourne, outside of the city is also worth a drive – the most popular being the beloved Great Ocean Road. The 243 kilometer stretch of road runs from Torquay along the coast to the town of Allansford, passing famed attractions such as the 12 Apostles, Bells Beach and Lorne along the way.
Away from the coastline, Victoria’s Yarra Valley and the Dandenong Rangers are another standout. If the region had to be described in just one word, we’d label it ‘indulgent’ in terms of both the stunning landscape and the pleasures that come from it. Think a glass of local red while overlooking the vineyard, sumptuous food from award winning restaurants and relaxing treatments from luxury spa retreats.
With such incredible facilities and views to match, it’s hard to come to the Yarra Valley and not indulge just a little. And if you ever start to feel guilty, there’s always a myriad of trails in the Dandenong Rangers to walk off that charcuterie plate and experience another piece of the puzzle.