Top 10 Natural Beauties to see in Victoria
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In the meantime, read on for our pick of the best natural locations in the state for you to grab your mates or your date and go explore post the big Maroons VS Blues game.
1. The Great Otway National Park
The beautiful Otway Ranges certainly qualify as one of the most picturesque Victoria destinations. Filled with lush rainforest, waterfalls and ancient plant life it truly is a botanical paradise. Journey to the Otway’s via the state’s famous Great Ocean Road. This scenic route allows you to stop into coastal local villages including; Lorne, Apollo Bay and Anglesea.
2. Pine Mountain Victoria
A giant monolith estimated to be 1.5 bigger than Uluru! It’s located in the Burrowa – Pine Mountain National park approx. 115km east of Albury. This sprawling national park has plenty of off-road 4wd tracks, hiking trails, rockpools and camping sites. Expect to see black wallabies, kangaroos and wombats and abundance of birdlife in their natural habitat.
3. Sweet Sorrento
Sorrento is a township located on the shores of Victoria’s gorgeous Mornington Peninsula. About 1.5 hour road trip from the CBD 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.
4. The Murray River
Jump aboard a traditional steamboat and explore this iconic river from a prime vantage point. The Murray is Australia’s largest inland river and home to many wineries, orchards, and bush camping spots. Towns such as Echuca and Mildura are a great base to explore your surrounds from…think classic country pubs and friendly local folk.
5. Mira Mira Victoria
A favourite destination for those who prefer easy day trips from Melbourne by car. Located in the gorgeous Gippsland region (a 90-minute drive from the city) Mira Mira features 22 acres of bushland. On-site is 3 x times 2 bedroom ‘fantasy’ guest retreats, all designed to set your imagination wild and to capture the natural light. A wow factor B&B set up for those seeking a unique country experience.
6. Port Fairy
Quaint coastal towns don’t come more charming than Port Fairy. It’s the last destination on Australia’s famed Shipwreck Coast & a historic fishing village lined with Norfolk Pines and 19th Century cottages. Relax and enjoy the fine food and cold ales on offer at one of the many great pubs and restaurants here. Make sure you stop by the wharf and admire the natural oceanic beauty abound. Port Fairy is one of the busiest fishing ports in Victoria. Watch on as the local fishermen unload their catch of crayfish and abalone. Lunch anyone?
7. The 12 Apostles
Arguably the most popular of Victoria destinations! Head south of Melbourne along the Great Ocean Road towards Port Campbell. It’s at least a 3-hour drive from the CBD so you may want to overnight it. Once here the awe inspiring ’12 Apostles’ are a visual masterpiece to see. The huge rock stacks rise out of the Southern Ocean and effectively act as the centerpiece to Victoria’s dramatic coastline.
8. Mackenzie Falls
Are the most visited waterfalls in the Grampian National Park. To reach them it’s a 2km gentle return hike from the Mackenzie Falls carpark. The track is in good condition and offers up amazing forest views and fresh mountain air. The waterfalls flow year-round. Visitors are enthralled as water cascades over huge ravines into a deep pool, sending sprays of rainbow mist up into the air above this stunning gorge.
9. Bells Beach
Meet Australia’s most iconic and well-known surfing beach. The world surf league has held a championship event here annually for 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 plot yourself a seat overlooking the famous Bells Beach and its moody blues sea.
10. The Yarra Valley
The Yarra Valley is the name given to the region surrounding the Yarra River in Victoria. The river originates approximately 90 kilometres east of the Melbourne central business district and flows towards it and out into Port Phillip Bay. It’s popular for day trips from Melbourne by car. Explore wineries, day spa’s, farmers markets and more. Tip; head to the Healesville Hotel for high end cuisine and good ol’ fashioned country charm.