Amazing experiences beyond the beach
76% of Singaporeans / 79% of Malaysians believe that Victoria is just beaches, beaches, beaches.
Home to the Great Ocean Road and some of the country’s most famous surf beaches, Victoria has more than its share of stunning coastline to discover. But explore Melbourne’s exciting offerings or head upcountry to spend a few days in the snowfields and national parks to uncover a different side to the region. You’ll find adventure, excitement and some great food and wine along the way.
This awe-inspiring landscape is the ultimate playground for adventurers and a haven for food and wine lovers. Forged millions of years ago, The Grampians National Park offers a peek at Australia’s Aboriginal history, challenging (but rewarding) treks, cascading waterfalls, abundant wildlife, star-filled skies and a chance to connect with nature in a way that few get to experience. Just three hours from Melbourne, this majestic mountain range feels worlds away. In between walking trails, fishing and canoeing, you’ll find Victoria's Silo Art Trail as well as some of Australia’s oldest vines and olive groves. Sample the region’s best wine and produce with a stop at the Royal Mail Hotel, regularly voted one of the best dining destinations in the country.
You might think the Great Ocean Road is all about beaches as you drive the impressive coastline carved by nature, but take the time to venture off the main road and you’ll discover impressive hidden gems that many visitors miss. One of the most unique wonders in the area is the California Redwood forest in the Aire Valley. These towering trees were planted as a softwood logging experiment in the 1930s but were never cut down. Today they rise as high as 60 metres, creating a twilight effect of light through the canopy. Walk the eerily quiet trails, take photos and stop for a picnic. Nearby you’ll also find Hopetoun and Beauchamp Falls, where you can take in the spray as the water comes cascading down to the forest floor.
Winter is a great time to visit Victoria’s snowfields as they offers a huge variety of activities, from skiing to snowshoeing. Adventure-lovers will enjoy heart-pumping activities like snowmobiling through winter landscapes and sledding down snowy slopes on a tube or toboggan. One of the best ways to take in the Alpine scenery is on a dog sledding adventure through the beautiful snow covered peaks. Try your hand at mushing (driving) before ending your tour with time to cuddle your four-legged guides. If you’d rather stay cosy, indulge in a wilderness retreat in glamping tents among the snow, complete with a wood fire and cheese fondue on arrival.
The laneways of Melbourne are known for their bright and ever-changing street art, but there’s plenty more to discover after dark. Hit the cobblestones for night time dining at one of the laneways’ exciting eateries, like Chin Chin down Flinders Lane. This Thai diner is a local favourite, serving up spicy, shareable plates like suckling pig pancakes. Or, tuck into generous and contemporary Italian fare at Sarti. Enjoy local and Italian wines at the bar, or head up to the rooftop terrace and savour signature dishes. Melbourne’s laneways provide plenty of choice for a nightcap as the evening comes to an end. Check out Bar Americano in Presgrave Place, Section 8 in Tattersalls Lane, or Cherry Bar in ACDC Lane.