Australia's cultural capital also has its share of natural wonders
While Melbourne is known for being an arts centre, with festivals galore and an incredible food scene, Victoria is more than just a cultural hotspot, with outdoorsy options from snowfields in the northeast to the awe-inspiring coastline of the south.
Natural wonders such as the Twelve Apostles vie for attention with wildlife wonders such as Phillip Island’s beloved colony of Little Penguins. Swim with dolphins in Port Phillip Bay year-round or spot whales in Warrnambool from June to October.
Head to wild Gippsland, the famous coastal Great Ocean Road and the rocky Grampians for hiking and picturesque driving holidays, or visit historic goldfields towns such as Walhalla, Castlemaine and Daylesford for a fascinating old-world vibe. Don’t be surprised to find fine dining in country towns – in Daylesford, head to the Lake House; or try former Royal Mail chef Dan Hunter’s new digs at Brae restaurant in Birregurra.
Victoria has 22 distinct wine regions with over 850 wineries and 650 cellar doors. Within easy reach of the Melbourne city centre, you’ll find the vineyards of the Yarra Valley, Macedon Ranges and Mornington Peninsula. Bottoms up!
Wake up and smell the coffee at Geelong's best brunch spots
These trendy coffee shops are not only perfect for a caffeine fix, they serve up amazing food too (cue Buddha bowls and smashed avocado)!
Can't decide? Staff in this Geelong restaurant will choose your meal
Here are the best places to eat when you're looking for international cuisine in Victoria's second largest city.
The astonishing story behind the world's largest stained-glass ceiling
There's more to Melbourne than shopping and eating - the next time you visit the city, check out a glass masterpiece in the National Gallery of Victoria.
The hottest laneway haunts of Melbourne
Some of Melbourne's coolest bars and restaurants are hidden down the city's laneways – here's where to find them.
These are the best new restaurants in Melbourne
Char-grilled octopus, New York-style pizza, a Middle Eastern feast – no matter what you're in the mood for, these hot new openings in Victoria's capital city will set your tastebuds on fire.
Discover Rutherglen: one of Australia's oldest wine regions
This tiny Victorian wine region boasts 19 quaint cellar doors and great restaurants. Spend the weekend wine tasting and eating your way around town.
Alfresco dining in Melbourne: here's where to go
Make the most of the warmer months by heading to these outdoor restaurants in Melbourne.
Up close with cycling champion Cadel Evans
The former racing cyclist tells us that even though he's had the chance to ride around the world, there's no place like home.
Here are Cadel Evans’ favourite bike routes
He’s won the Tour de France and the Men’s World Championship, but this champion cyclist’s top cycling tracks are right right at home in Victoria.
These are Fitzroy's must-visit fashion hotspots
This bohemian inner-city suburb in Melbourne has a reputation for being super-cool and just a little bit kooky.
Where to go in Melbourne to get your culture fix
We explore the creative side of Melbourne, where you can learn about film, witness a theatre show, soak in an art exhibition, or browse handcrafted jewellery.
Melbourne’s best shopping haunts
Where to indulge in some retail therapy in this fashionable city – whether you’re after high-street stores, high-end labels, vintage gems or market finds.
Kid-friendly fun in Melbourne that won’t cost a cent
A family break in Melbourne doesn’t have to cost the earth. Enjoy some free kid-friendly fun and get the most from your holiday dollars.
Rutherglen 'the birthplace of wine tourism in Australia'
There’s much more to the picturesque Victorian town of Rutherglen than wine and great food, but it’s a great place to start.
Best food and wine along the Great Ocean Road
Acclaimed chef Dan Hunter has found a slice of paradise along Victoria’s breathtaking Great Ocean Road.
Ski holiday at Mt Baw Baw is about the little things
It may not have top billing when it comes to snow resorts, but Mt Baw Baw’s smaller footprint certainly has its advantages. Here’s why you should visit.
Why you'll fall in love with the Yarra Valley
In this beautiful Victorian region you’ll find fine wines, gourmet food and stunning views.
Discover Victoria's diverse wine regions
Wine regions in Victoria, from the peninsulas to the valleys, discover world-class prosecco, chardonnay, pinot noir, shiraz and fortifieds in Victoria.
The ultimate food lover's guide to Melbourne
The southern capital's multicultural heritage has blessed the city with an amazing diversity of quality eats. Here are the places that will delight your taste buds.