Aquatic and Coastal Experiences - Victoria
Located on the southern tip of the Australian mainland with a diversity of aquatic adventures, Victoria is home to the famous Great Ocean Road alongside a series of ocean beaches, wildlife-rich parks, water rimmed wilderness and mineral springs plus gourmet getaways.
Victoria's capital of Melbourne sits on the waters of Port Phillip Bay. The city features riverside cafes, restaurants, art galleries and markets along the Yarra River which makes its way through the city. Fringing the city is the famous beach of St. Kilda, with iconic saltwater pools and sea baths and one of the best Australian kite surfing spots.
Within less than two hours drive, check out wildlife on Phillip Island, go golfing and wine-tasting on the Mornington Peninsula or learn to surf at the home of Ripcurl, Torquay. Travel north, and within three hours travel time, discover the mighty Murray River for a cruise downriver on a historic paddle steamer.
The Great Ocean Road has 243km (151 miles) of driving starting just over one hour southwest of Melbourne. It’s one of Australia’s must-do experiences due to its coastal panoramas and amazing wildlife encounters. On the Great Ocean Road, discover waterfalls, limestone stacks, ancient shipwrecks, Aboriginal middens and a chance to spot a koala. Travel via the beachside communities of Torquay (the home of Bells Beach), Lorne and Apollo Bay through to the historic towns of Warrnambool and Port Fairy with their rich maritime pasts.
Renowned for its pinot noir and chardonnay, the maritime environment of the Mornington Peninsula, just 90 minutes south of Melbourne, influences everything from the delicious wine and food, to leisurely paddle boarding and snorkelling on the bay beaches, and walking through wild coastal environments overlooking the Southern Ocean.
Wilsons Promontory is a 50,000 hectare wilderness path found 3.5 hours south east of Melbourne. It has mountains to hike, remote beaches to explore and animals to encounter. Squeaky Beach – so named for its sand so fine, it squeaks – is an easily accessible centrepiece of Wilsons Promontory. Find information at the park centre and stay overnight at Tidal River.
Phillip Island is located 2 hours drive south of Melbourne. The island is known for its Penguin Parade, where penguins leave the ocean and return to the burrows every night at Summerland Beach. Phillip Island also has the Koala Conservation Centre and plays host to the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.
Great Ocean Road