Top 26 Places to visit in Victoria

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Best things to do in Victoria and sightseeing in Victoria

Great Ocean Road - Victoria

If you really want to get up-close to heaven then this is it.
Archana Singh

502 Followers, 59 Reviews


Continued from Part III here, we headed to the Great Ocean Road, home to the Twelve Apostles and the famous Bells beach which I finally got to soak in the natural beauty of ♥ We also passed by coastal townships of Torquay and Lorne where most of the surfers retreat to during summer (It was winter then so it was pretty dormant) Throughout the length of the road, there were many fern filled gullies and river inlets that added to the pleasure of the scenic coastal drives! It was a pretty long drive though, and the road really got terribly windy halfway so it can be rather nauseous-inducing after a while. Sweets and music on board certainly help. We also made stops at passing towering limestone cliffs, and white beaches basking in the morning sun. And of course, witnessing the Twelve apostles from the boardwalk while the remaining 7 are still standing strong in the Southern ocean. Lunched at a small town @ Apollo bay hotel to escape from the cold!
Yanting Chan

227 Followers, 35 Reviews


Phillip Island - Victoria

The little Penguins Parade will win your heart. I am sure you would want to come back.
Archana Singh

502 Followers, 59 Reviews


Philip island was a long drive from the bus we boarded from Federation square in the heart of the city. We also spotted wallabies hopping about along the way in the plains! Philip island is the coastal home to many little penguins (the world's smallest penguins) where each night at sunset, they return ashore after a day of fishing. It was really amazing to have witnessed this magical procession at Summerland beach, even though photography was banned. But I couldn't resist not sneaking a few of shots of the rainbow gradient sky, which isn't very apparent in the picture because I hesitated and the sun was setting. Photography is banned because the light caused by flashes blinds the penguins for life, although some tourists still go ahead and take their selfish flash shots which is very unfortunate. Made our way down to one of the park ranges early morning to have breakfast, and where I had the best marmite crackers ever....and where mumsie fed canaries with some bird food provided at the side. They're really intuitive! Pitstop at a wine vineyard, and had an expensive Italian meal because there was no other restaurant in plain sight (and we were hungry), the pasta was good at least! Pelicans are such mesmerizing yet awkward looking creatures, which makes them really beautiful. They don't smell very nice though, and I was almost certain they were gonna bite me after my snaps so I scurried away.
Yanting Chan

227 Followers, 35 Reviews


Federation Square - Victoria

Adjacent to the station is Federation Square, a meeting place for friends, political protest and spontaneous musical and dramatic displays. It’s a dynamic space that changes its function and tone on a daily basis. I’m always curious to see what’s going on in the square.
Lightravellerkate

115 Followers, 4 Reviews


We travelled down to Federation square the very next morning. Even though the temperatures reported comfortable levels of about 12 degrees, it was awfully cold in the morning (think icy cold gush) so we marched out in our winter overalls. The mist that shrouded the town that morning was hauntingly beautiful, as if the scene came out from a film set. While it was slightly tormenting to sacrifice my gloves for these shots, they were worth it. Federation Square has been international recognized for its award-winning architectural design since 2002, serving as a cultural and entertainment precinct which lies in the heart of Melbourne, there are an array of eateries and shops along the parameters for both locals and tourist alike. We also managed to bag some souvenirs in the gift shops around the area (not exactly the cheapest, but uniquely Aussie for sure) It's a very tourist friendly area, and if you ever lose your way or require any assistance or map, the Melbourne Visitor center is located at the corner Swanston and Flinders streets, opposite Flinders Street Station. I left my pair of gloves there and had to walk all the way back, thank goodness it was kept safe! You can also checkout ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) as they have occasional film festivals and exhibitions that may be worth the buck. They recently featured Woody Allen and Jazz on Film! While we were sitting on the amphitheater-shaped steps, we were entertained by a stand-up comedian who was busking around the area with the help of his crew. A crowd naturally formed, and I really love the light-heartedness of busking in the vicinity - the zest for which cannot be compared to the busking scene in Singapore so it was indeed a refreshing change of culture! We had a complimentary APT (Australia Pacific Touring) day tour to catch (to familiarize ourselves with the outskirts of the city), so we headed down to the other end of Federation square - most of Melbourne's tours depart daily from R
Yanting Chan

227 Followers, 35 Reviews


Melbourne - Victoria

Sneha Vashist

448 Followers, 49 Reviews


Right next door to the Hilton, where I was staying was one of Melbourne’s top sites and the temple for sports-mad Melbournians: the Melbourne Cricket Ground (also known as the MCG or just the “G”). Seating almost 100,000 fans, the G was the site of the first Australian Rules football game in 1858 and the first Test cricket match between Australia and England in 1877. It’s massive and I can only imagine what the atmosphere is like around here on a match day. From the G, I wound my way over to the Yarra River and walked along the water all the way to the Docklands area and Victoria Harbor. Along the way I passed several of Melbourne’s beautiful bridges. The most interesting of which was the Sandridge Bridge. From there, I cut over to the modern steel and glass wonderland that is Federation Square. This is Melbourne’s central meeting place and on a beautiful summer day like today it was overflowing with people. The square is home to the National Gallery of Victoria and the Australian Center for the Moving Image (ACMI) and is the site for regular cultural events and sports telecasts.
Jenny McIver

493 Followers, 124 Reviews


Cape Otway Lightstation - Victoria

The lighthouse was not really worth the 1hr detour since we didn’t want to pay the AU$19.50 entrance fee (we only found out upon arrival). Apparently you can have breathtaking views of the ocean (though not unique) and a historical tour of the area, with some very good kids activities. This is also a good place to spot wild koalas (although nothing beats Kennett River for me :) )
Pei Xun

350 Followers, 7 Reviews


Apollo Bay Fisherman Co-Op Society - Victoria

We were craving for some fresh seafood and a quick search on tripadvisor brought us to Apollo Bay Fishermen’s Co-op on Breakwater Road. It’s a small shop tucked away from the town area, right beside the harbour. You can choose from a variety of fresh fish over the counter and sit outside by the bay, but beware the lurking seagulls nearby. We both enjoyed the food and ambience :)
Pei Xun

350 Followers, 7 Reviews


Kennett River - Victoria

Drive into Grey River Road at Kennett River and look out for furry lumps among the gumtrees. We saw some munching, one climbing and most of them sleeping. Lotsa tour buses stop at the car park for tourists to walk up, but the road stretches quite far in so drive up (slowly) if you can. After awhile, it became like a koala-spotting competition between me and KT. We spotted 11 different wild koalas in total!!
Pei Xun

350 Followers, 7 Reviews


Twelve Apostles - Visitor Facility - Victoria

The apostles were formed by wind and waves erosion, cutting into cliffs to form caves that turn into arches, which ultimately collapse to become high stacks. Initially known as the Sow and Piglets, it was renamed Twelve Apostles recently in 1922, although there were only nine stacks to begin with. Now there are eight after one collapsed in 2005. We were told sunset is the best time to be at the apostles, but unfortunately couldn’t catch any due to the cloudy skies. However, we stayed past nightfall and managed to catch some returning penguins (at about 8.30pm), although it was extremely far away and the penguins appeared more like moving black spots. Probably best to get some night vision binoculars next time.
Pei Xun

350 Followers, 7 Reviews


Loch Ard Gorge - Victoria

Loch Ard Gorge is the site of a shipwreck of clipper ship Loch Ard. There are a couple of trails around to explore the beautiful area, including steps down to the beach.
Pei Xun

350 Followers, 7 Reviews


Port Campbell National Park - Victoria

The ‘first Apostle’ can be seen from Gibson Steps, where you can also descend down to the beach. The Twelve Apostles Visitors Facility is just another 3 min drive down where you can walk to the lookout point to see the rest of the wave-sculpted limestone formations.
Pei Xun

350 Followers, 7 Reviews


Port Campbell Motor Inn - Victoria

Our home for the night was… by the creek in Port Campbell Caravan Park! (AU$34/night). Thankfully, we drove to Port Campbell to check in first before coming out to watch the sunset and penguins at Twelve Apostles. Else, we would have been stranded as it was pitch dark by the time we returned (closed at 6pm like most other caravan parks in Aussie). Next day, we woke up to the sound of kookaburras singing by the creek!
Pei Xun

350 Followers, 7 Reviews


Bells Beach - Victoria

The world famous Bells Beach didn't disappoint either - home to the World surfing championships, the scenery was really breathtaking - for the lack of a better word. The draft was freezing though (can't really tell from the pictures but yeah it was mad cold). Port Campbell was nearby, which was a charming fishing village and a summer holiday resort where a tragic history of ships wrecked along the rugged coast took place, can't remember the details. Crossed the West Gate bridge back to Melbourne city by evening.
Yanting Chan

227 Followers, 35 Reviews


St Kilda - Victoria

No trip feels complete without a trip to St Kilda. Taking the tram just adds to the experience. It is a remarkable bayside suburb. In this resurging suburb, you can decide to shun those heels for the seashore or decide to do something different. If you up for the latter, fasten the shoelace and get ready for cycling. This is definitely one of the major highlights of my trips. I went cycling to Sydney Rd, down to Elwood and since I was up for it, to Brighton. If you still have some breath left, definitely go beyond! If it's all too much, just soak up some sun while sitting on the sand looking out to the Southern Ocean.
Sofia

306 Followers, 18 Reviews


South Melbourne Market - Victoria

South Melbourne markets, a 10 minute bike ride away, are a new discovery on this visit. I love that foetid smell of rotting fruit which seems somehow, to calm the edginess of the yuppies and hipsters as they do their weekly shopping.
Lightravellerkate

115 Followers, 4 Reviews


Eureka Skydeck 88 - Victoria

On the last day, we decided to head up the Eureka tower aka Skydeck88, a 297.3 metre skyscraper in the Southbank precinct of Melbourne. It's the 10th tallest residential building in the world, and the highest public vantage point in a building in the Southern hemipshere. The view wasn't fantastic, but it did give us a glimpse of the landmarks we have been visiting in the past week.....the outside portion of the viewing platform was freezing though.
Yanting Chan

227 Followers, 35 Reviews


MCG - Victoria

When in the city one may catch a film or see a band perform but being in the capital of the most sports mad place on earth, you have to go to the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Tell a local you are heading to 'The G' and they will scribble directions for you with a proud wide smile. Whichever season you decide to visit this city you can always catch a game here. Summers are for cricket while winters for Australian football. The supporters are so passionate about their players, umpires and opponents that is hard to not be a part of the screaming-cheering-crazy-loud crowd! The energy here is intense and so infectious!
Sofia

306 Followers, 18 Reviews


Southbank - Victoria

Located direct south of Yarra River, Southbank is one of the inner suburbs of Melbourne, and you can catch the beautiful skyline and Princes bridge very well from Federation wharf on the opposite side of the Yarra River. It also holds one of the primary Business centers in Melbourne, with skyscrapers and office buildings and entertainment establishments such as the Crown Casino. In the midst of all these hustle and bustle, Australia's tallest tower (Eureka tower) stands. However, just like how Singapore has a green belt even in the Central Business District, Southbank has preserved many significant heritage buildings and Arts precinct on the eastern end and along St. Kilda Road. These include Victorian Arts Centre and National Gallery of Victoria. By a stroke of luck, we found out about the Sunday Art and Craft market which occurs on the promenade at the Arts Centre. Home to many freelance buskers and pavement chalk artists, which are such a joy to watch, they bring together over 80 of Victoria's finest artisans. This happens every Sunday, from 10am to 4pm. The Arts Centre Melbourne Lawn will be filled with market stalls, selling handmade goods from art pieces to homemade enticing delicacies and even freshly baked goods! Dined at Phone De Bortoli Winery and Restaurant before travelling down to Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary - a cosy place with all the llamas (seriously the cutest ever), kangaroos, wombats and other wildlife
Yanting Chan

227 Followers, 35 Reviews


Melbourne Aquarium - Victoria

After you leave Melbourne Cricket ground, make your way in the state of Victoria to find yourself at The Melbourne Sea Aquarium. The bedazzling place has been featured in numerous movies and you need to feel the place yourself to understand why. During your time inside the tunnel that guides your way through the real aquatic habitat of Australia, you will actually realize the beauty and diversity of Australia.
Sagnik Basu

1k+ Followers, 134 Reviews


Flinders Street - Victoria

Melbourne proudly displays its cultural, social and political independence in this billboard which captures your gaze as you emerge from the iconic Flinders St station.
Lightravellerkate

115 Followers, 4 Reviews


St Paul's Cathedral - Victoria

At a time when asylum seekers are being universally demonised by government, newspapers and popular opinion, Melbourne proudly announces its support of “the least of these” .
Lightravellerkate

115 Followers, 4 Reviews


Queen Victoria Market - Victoria

Greeted by glorious fruit, handicraft and busking street opera singers (What a dream) belting out classics like Phantom of the Opera pieces was reinvigorating, especially since we were tired out from the flight there. With the large variety of delicacies and handicraft, Queen Victoria market reminded me of London's Borough market, except that the latter has more upmarket gourmet cuisine. If you want to know, the Market stalls are open everyday, other than Mondays and Wednesdays :) (During the summer months, a night market filled with live entertainment, bars and dining and such can be found on Wednesday evenings) We made a lunch pit stop for cheesy tortellini and smoked chicken sandwiches. Of all choices, my sister had to settle for prata...Asian cuisine is slightly more expensive there so I suggest you settle for local food if you ever visit.
Yanting Chan

227 Followers, 35 Reviews


Melbourne Museum - Victoria

How could I not visit the museums in a culturally rich city like Melbourne? The National Gallery of Victoria, the Immigration Museum, and Melbourne Museum all have great exhibits and shows. Make sure you don't miss them.
Sofia

306 Followers, 18 Reviews


Fitzroy - Victoria

I continued close to the CBD and snapped up funky finds in Fitzroy. With the array of discerning options for fine palates, I could simply spend hours tasting different food options available here. Left alone here for a day, I would convert this into a gourmet trip, just devouring till sundown.
Sofia

306 Followers, 18 Reviews


CERES Community Environment Park - Victoria

I took the 96 tram for a morning’s stroll around the CERES Environmental Park. This is something you won't do if you are not from Melbourne. It is too local to be featured on some quick city guides. i moved along the park's markets, workshops. Even discovered a plant nursery and an outdoor cafe. It is such an amazing atmosphere. If you plan to go to Melbourne, this should feature among your must halts.
Sofia

306 Followers, 18 Reviews


Yarra River - Victoria

I started the trip at Yarra River. This Melboure icon has a picturesque setting perfect for lazy long walks. There are countless paths along the river. Take the first one, it is right. Take the second one, it is right. Turn to the last one and it'll still be right. Whichever way you choose it will be filled with an array of shops. There are quite a few impressive dining options available in the vicinity too. If you are not in gruesome shopping mood, spend some time relaxing here. It would be a blithe disregard to not trail along the paths with the stunning view of Yarra River in the backdrop.
Sofia

306 Followers, 18 Reviews


Healesville - Victoria

Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary was a cosy place with all the llamas (seriously the cutest ever), kangaroos, wombats and other wildlife. I simply adore the glorious countryside and the sunshine that envelops it, albeit the inaccessibility it really was very rejuvenating for soul - as you stand there in wide-eyed awe of His creations. The skies were relatively clear that day, and it's really fortunate to be able to see the horizon 360 degrees round :)
Yanting Chan

227 Followers, 35 Reviews


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