79% of Malaysians believe that Australia 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.
The city isn’t the only place where you can find incredible street art in Victoria. Head out along the 200 kilometre (124 mile) Silo Art Trail to see towering works created by internationally recognised street artists. Begin with a night in the Grampians, the trail’s stunning starting point, before driving off to discover the unforgettable art. Your relaxing road trip will take you through six of the region’s smallest towns which now make up one of the country’s biggest outdoor art galleries. Visit the quaint towns, boutique shops and cafes of Australia’s wheatbelt on this relaxing road trip. If you don’t feel up to driving, tours of the impressive silos can be organised with a guide or on a scenic flight, which also take in the stunning mirror-like Lake Tyrrell.
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.