Victoria and Melbourne Holidays

The London Arch along the Great Ocean Road
Great Ocean Road

The best places to visit in Victoria

Delightful Victoria is a state stuffed with attractions, including the electrifying city of Melbourne and the dramatic scenery of the Great Ocean Road. Luckily, these two are easily combined together on an epic Melbourne and Great Ocean Road holiday. Start in Melbourne and finish in Adelaide, or vice versa, and spend at least 4-5 days on the Great Ocean Road. Here’s what not to miss along the way:

Melbourne's city skyline and river Melbourne



Australia’s style capital
Melbourne is frequently voted as the world’s most liveable city and for good reason. Known as Australia’s style capital, the city is beloved for its independent boutiques, hidden laneways, beautiful beaches and cosmopolitan cafes, all of which are easily accessed via Melbourne’s tram system. We recommend spending a few days exploring the city before heading off along the coastline to drive the Great Ocean Road.
Fairy penguins on Phillip Islands Penguin parade

Phillip Island

Phillip Island

Penguins, penguins & more penguins
Philip Island’s windswept beauty, golden beaches and craggy rocks are home to seals and koalas and offshore sea caves. But forget all that! What you’re really here for are the penguins. Every night, the island's resident colony of little penguins return to their nests after a hard day’s fishing, waddling endearingly up the beach in a heart-warming spectacle known as the Penguin Parade.
The Twelve Apostles along the Great Ocean Road The Twelve Apostles

Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road

The ultimate Aussie road trip
Stretching for 150 miles from Warrnambool in the west to Torquay in the east, the Great Ocean Road is one of Australia’s greatest drives. Taking in the lush rainforests and plunging waterfalls of Great Otway National Park, as well as plenty of seaside towns and the delightful beaches of Lorne, Port Fairy and Apollo Bay, this is a relaxed road trip showcasing the very best of Australia.
Hot air balloon above the Yarra Valley, Australia Yarra Valley

Yarra Valley

Yarra Valley

Wine in the countryside
Only an hour’s drive from Melbourne, the Yarra Valley is home to some of Australia’s best sparkling wines and pinot noirs. It’s here you can tour and stay at popular wineries like Yering Station and Dominique Portet, where you’ll find the gourmet cuisine just as sumptuous as the local wines themselves. For a different perspective, take in the serene countryside views with a hot air balloon ride at sunrise.

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Round the World Expert Sheena Umbleby

When in Melbourne I really loved the Hidden Laneways of Melbourne tour. The tour takes you through to some of the best parts of the city - parts that you would never find unless you were very lost!

- Sheena Umbleby, Expert