Melbourne & Victoria responsible travel guide

Melbourne & Victoria
responsible travel guide

Victoria has a plethora of diverse landscapes to explore,
whether you're after snow-capped mountains, cool
ferny forests, picturesque beaches, peaceful lakes
or natural springs, the Victorian outdoors is an
adventure playground like no other. From wildlife
watching
and hiking to canoeing, surfing, aerial and
white water thrills, there’s an exciting array of
experiences on offer – and all within close proximity
to the vibrant state capital Melbourne.
Fairy penguins, crimson rosella and a seal, Victoria. Photos from Victoria Tourist Board

Wildlife

Head out of the city and explore. Start by discovering the incredible range of wildlife that calls Victoria home. See koalas, emus and kangaroos in the wild. Watch little penguins parade in their thousands on Phillip Island. And look out for Southern Right whales along the coast, or head out to meet bottlenose dolphins and fur seals just offshore.

Then, soak up the diverse landscapes and beautiful vistas that provide the backdrop to Victorian living. Visit the stunning rainforests of Cape Otway and the sheltered bays of Wilsons Promontory. Loose yourself in the majesty of the dramatic rockscapes of the Twelve Apostles or the granite towers of the Grampian ranges. Wind your way through eucalyptus forest, scramble across sandy rocks on the beach and stroll through gardens of native plants.
Queen Victoria Market, Domaine Chandon winery and Melbourne skyline, Victoria. Photos from Victoria Tourist Board

Wildlife

From a one-day trip to the wineries and wildlife sanctuaries of the Mornington Peninsula or the Yarra Valley, to a week-long journey discovering the dramatic scenery of the Great Ocean Road or the Grampians, there is truly something for everyone here. And with so many accessible experiences so close to the city, it couldn’t be easier to explore Victoria for as little or as long as time allows.
And there’s no need to rough it either. Before, during, and after your great outdoors experience, you can enjoy Victoria’s natural bounty without compromising on comfort. Settle down in a cosy corner with a glass of wine from one of Victoria’s boutique wineries, enjoy some of Australia’s best coffee on the sun-soaked terrace of a trendy café or sample the very best of fresh regional produce at a laidback gourmet restaurant by the sea. Finally, end the day by relaxing into your soft, comfortable bed or, if you prefer, bedding down beneath the stars and under canvas in one of the region’s wilderness campsites.
Written by Helen Ochyra
Great Ocean Road and Grampians 3 day tour, Australia

Great Ocean Road and Grampians 3 day tour, Australia

Diverse coast and mountain journey. Great accommodation/food

From AU $672.5 3 Days ex flights
Great Ocean Walk self guided tour, Australia

Great Ocean Walk self guided tour, Australia

An Inn-to-Inn accommodated walking holiday

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Great Ocean Walk holiday in Victoria, Australia

Great Ocean Walk holiday in Victoria, Australia

Walk the famous Great Ocean Walk in Australia

From AU $2595 7 Days ex flights
Great Ocean Road 2 day tour, Australia

Great Ocean Road 2 day tour, Australia

Spectacular, diverse and thorough small group tour

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Grampians walking holidays, Victoria, Australia

Grampians walking holidays, Victoria, Australia

Hike among spectacular rock formations with great wildlife

From AU $1845 6 Days ex flights
Melbourne to Adelaide 3 day tour, Australia

Melbourne to Adelaide 3 day tour, Australia

Experience the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne to Adelaide

From AU $672.5 3 Days ex flights
Great Alpine Walk holiday in Victoria, Australia

Great Alpine Walk holiday in Victoria, Australia

Walk the Great Alpine region of Victoria, Australia

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