Australian Open | The Top 10 Destinations in Victoria Everyone Needs to Visit
Okay, have you booked your exclusive Australian Open tickets and accommodation package via the expert team at Sportsnet Holidays yet? If not, you best be quick because the countdown to the Australian Grand Slam event is officially on! January is a great time to visit Victoria, it’s Summertime and the living IS easy. Read on to discover the Top 10 Best Tourist Destinations in the state and then call your friendly Sportsnet representative so we can arrange your tennis tournament/holiday right away.
1. Explore the Great Ocean Road
By far one of Australia’s most scenic coastal road trips. An adventure along the Great Ocean Road exposes you to many amazing towns and isolated beaches. Check out the lighthouse at Airey’s Inlet. Swing by the lovely seaside village of Lorne for lunch. And head further on to experience the awe inspiring ’12 Apostles’ – the magnificent rock stacks that rise up from the Southern Ocean on Victoria’s dramatic coastline.
2. Rejuvenate in Daylesford
Being a spectator at Australian Open tennis event isn’t exactly strenuous but the adrenaline fix can leave you wired no less. A drive out to the thriving day spa/wellness region of Daylesford is a great way to rejuvenate. Lunch at one of the many award-winning restaurants here before booking in for an afternoon of pampering. Favourite body treatment venues include; Soma Massage, Red Spa Sanctuary and Daylesford Massage Spa.
3. Day at Werribee Park Open Plains Zoo
Wow for Werribee! This Open Plains Zoo is home to roaming wildlife including rhino’s, zebra’s giraffes, gorilla’s and African lions to name but a few. Entry cost is reasonable and all profits go toward maintaining this animal friendly park. Escorted open air vehicles take guests on an outdoor safari like no other in oz.
4. Federation Square – Melbourne
The square is super close to all the Australian Open tennis action. It’s a unique cultural precinct in the midst of the city. Home to major attractions, world-class events and an exceptional array of restaurants, bars, specialty stores. A terrific meeting place and a great way to absorb Melbourne’s energetic pulse.
5. Bells Beach Please
Is Australia’s most iconic and well-known surfing beach. The world surf league has held a championship event here every Easter for over 50 years. Approx. 1 .5 hours’ drive from Melbourne City and you’ll come across the charming town of Torquay…keep going along the coast another 10 minutes, grab some fresh fish & chips from the charming village of Jan Juc and take up a spot overlooking the famous Bells Beach bowl. It’s a huge natural amphitheatre setting of tall red rock cliffs and the roaring waves that push right through from the Bass Straight to you.
6. Visit Victoria’s Goldfields
Looking to get away once the Australian Open is over? Well, you don’t have to venture too far to find a few of our historic goldfield towns. Ballarat is only an hour by road or rail from the CBD. It’s enjoyed a long and prosperous history since the gold rush begun in 1851. It’s Vic’s 3rd biggest city retains much of its rich gold heritage in the form of opulent buildings, fountains, and tourist attractions. Notable buildings include Ballarat’s Town Hall (built 1870) and Her Majesty’s Theatre (1875). To do; Visit Sovereign Hill Museum, an award winning tourist attraction located in the heart of the gold country.
7. The Mighty Murray River
The Murray is Australia’s longest inland river. It plays an integral part in Victoria’s agricultural industry and the regions natural landscape. The Murray is host to a list of wineries, orchards, and bush camping spots amid the river red gum forests. Top town’s to overnight and enjoy a fine meal with finer country people include; Mildura (dine at Stefano’s), Swan Hill (dine at Java Spice) & Wahgunyah (lunch at St Leonards Vineyard Café).
8. Phillip Island Fun
Easily one of Victoria’s most popular tourist destinations. Phillip Island is famous for its penguin parade, large fur seal colony, interesting native wildlife and the exciting moto racing events held annually at the island’s Grand Prix circuit. Take a day trip and explore its scenic coastline and quaint fishing villages. Only a 90-minute drive from the CBD or 45 minutes via passenger ferry.
9. Sweet Sorrento
Sorrento is a township located on the shores of Victoria’s gorgeous Mornington Peninsula. About 1.5 hours by car this mostly upper-class, seaside resort area feature’s an impressive array of al a carte, alfresco dining establishments. Wander the limestone shopfronts for beach and designer clothes, antiques and homewares, artworks, jewelry and maritime inspired souvenirs. A stroll along the pier here is a tourist highlight.
10. Mt Buller
Smack bang in Victoria’s Alpine region is where you’ll find majestic Mt Buller. Approx. 3 hours’ drive from the city to the country. It’s a well-known Australian ski/snow destination however, it’s worth checking out in the Summer months too. A favourite place for mountain bikers, hikers and intrepid outdoor types. Tip; Reserve at table at Alberg Sports Bar & Bistro; head to the top of Summit Road to enjoy an excellent bistro meal, fine wine and wonderful alpine views.