Hugging Australia's east coast corner, is Victoria, lying in the southeast of Australia is the smallest of the country’s states in size but the second most populated. Its capital, Melbourne, during the gold rush of the 1850’s, became one of the world’s largest and wealthiest cities.
Packed into such a compact area is a complete diverse set of regional areas and attractions, from sweeping rugged coastline and pristine white beaches to great national parks and forests teeming with a host of wildlife. With wineries, lakes and mountain ranges adding to the complex range. With a temperate climate and numerous accessible attractions, Victoria is an ideal destination year round.
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Borderd by the Bass Strait, Victoria stretches all the way along the southern bank of the Murray River towards the Great Dividing Ranges. Its capital city, Melbourne is located on the large bay of Port Phillip and sits alongside the Yarra Valley towards the lush Dandenong Ranges on the east.
Despite its size, the Victorian climate varies across the state and can be complexed. The north is much drier and warmer than the south. Australia's seasons are oposite 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 the spring (September to November). Melbourne is well known for its changeable weather conditions, and this is manly due to the location of the city and its surrounds.
The state of Victoria is the second largest economy in Australia after New South Wales.The states economy ranges, with the financial, insurance and property services being Victoria’s largest income producing, and the health, education, retail and manufacturing industries constituting the majority of the state’s employment.
Melbourne and Victoria host some of Australia's most prestigious events throughout the year, including the Spring Racing Carnival, culminating in the Melbourne Cup in November, the Australian Open Tennis Championships in January, the Formula 1™ Australian Grand Prix in March, the Melbourne International Arts Festival in October, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show in March and April. Your tastebuds will be rewarded with a number of food and wine events around the state.
Size: 237,629 square kilometres (Britain is 245,000 km2)
Industries: Finance, insurance, property, retail, manufacturing and tourism
Main cities: Melbourne (capital – 3,707,530), Geelong(143,921), Ballarat (85,935), Bendigo (82,794)
Top 10 places to visit in Melbourne and Victoria:
- Melbourne City Centre
- The Twelve Apostles and the Great Ocean Road
- Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges
- Mount Hotham
- Gippsland and Ninety Mile Beach
- Murray River
- Phillip Island
- Daylesford and Macedon Ranges
- Mornington Peninsula
- Wilsons Promontory National Park
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