So you want to visit the most beautiful coastlines, spectacular landscapes and some of the most memorable sights in the world? In Australia they are on your doorstep and whatever you are looking for one of the states will have it!
While there is plenty of time to check out other states, look what is waiting for you in Victoria:
Enjoy a wander around the 240 laneway and alleys lacing through the CBD which hide surprises and delights. These lanes pulse with restaurants, café’s, unique shops boutiques, bars, nightclubs in a way that is reminiscent of Europe but very clearly Australia. Here are a few recommendations to lose yourself in.
Running between Flinders and Collins Streets and then continuing as Causeway into Bourke Street you can come off the train at Flinders Street station and take the subway to find yourself in Desgraves Street. This laneway is heaving with food lovers who crowd into the little cafes, spilling over the pavement. Good food is abundant and there is a party atmosphere.
The Block Arcade
Heritage listed , Block Arcade, runs from Collins Street to Little Collins and is like walking back through a 19th century shopping arcade. It is very beautiful a lovely glass canopy above mosaic tiled flooring surrounded by wrought iron and carved stone. Don’t miss the Hopetoun tearooms for a great afternoon tea.
Developed in 1869 this arcade stretches between Bourke Street Mall, Little Collins Street and Elizabeth Street.
Light streams through the glass ceiling onto the shops below which sell unusual and tasteful specialities. Look out for Gaunt's clock, which sits between two giant statues of the mythical Gog and Magog. The two enormous statues strike chimes every hour, and draw a fine crowd.
Crossly Street runs from Bourke to Little Bourke and is a quieter, more sophisticated experience with historic shop fronts dating back to early times in the city. With antique stores, dressmakers, a boutique brewer and Melbourne’s very own Pellegrinis who set up the first expresso machine to come to Melbourne.
Hardware Lane is bustling with Italian cafes eager to outdo each other: a vibrant and exciting place to be. Cobbled stones and interesting architecture including the five warehouses at Dynon’s Building make it an intriguing place to sit and watch the world go by and in the summer you can listen to a band as you sip your coffee.
Named after the specialists who worked their trade here it is now famous for the graffiti and the sensational Spanish food at MoVida. If you are interested in street art then also look up Cedar Alley, Jane Bell Lane, Rutledge and Spark Lanes.
Caseldon Place. Once a slum area, check out number 17 which was built in 1877. In some cottages there were up to 33 people sharing at once.
Somerset Place. This is like going back in time with shops catering for those who appreciate hand made shoes, hand made suits and a barber that uses an old fashioned cut throat razor. Look out for the Little Mule Company.
ACDC Lane (S9) connecting with Duckboard Place and is between Flinders Lane, Flinders St, Russell St and Exhibition St. named after the Australian Rock band.
Dame Edna Place formerly Browns Alley was named in 2007 after the famous Dame Edna Everage and is found off Little Collins St, between Swanston and Elizabeth Streets,
Gurners Lane This name was taken for a famous horse who won the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups.
Bennetts Lane. Just the place to enjoy some jazz!!
Block Place has more jazz venues and underground eateries where you can find fine dining or something more casual!
Manchester Lane. Fabulous fashion outlets with sometimes unique and quirky offerings!
Little Bourke Street is Melbourne’s Yum Cha capital with mouthwatering delicacies from Chinatown.
Presgrave Place . A lovely gallery and a tiny café where you order by standing on a milk crate and speaking through a hole in the wall.
Little William Street. Find a coffee brewer extraordinaire in this little street.
Tattersalls Lane: Here is a café and drinks venue which runs its trade from a shipping container.
Centre Place offers great eateries, café culture and a convivial atmosphere.
For Melbourne nightlife start with Croft Alley, Goldie Place, Sniders Lane, Presgrave Place and Warburton Lane.
And click the streets and alleys link.
Great Ocean Road
The Yarra Valley
The Murray River
The Dandenong Ranges
The Surf Coast
Ballarat and the Gold Fields
Bright and the Alpine District
A winter or summer favourite: Daylesford
The most mineral springs close to any town in Victoria are found around Daylesford home to over 90 health and wellness treatments.This elegant historic town nestled in the countryside boasts fine restaurants, gourmet food, quirky boutiques and shops and a fabulous walking trails.
Bushwalkers have some great opportunities in Victoria. The Alpine Walking Track is a collection of trails through the Alpine District. The main walk which travels from Walhala to Cowombat Flat takes 30 days but is able to be tackled in sections. It is a wonderful spring or autumn walk.
The Great South-West Walk is a spectacular 250km walk along the coastline covering a variety of terrain. Dense forests stand between the Surry and Fitzroy rivers, towering limestone cliffs span the Lower Glenelg National Park and dunes and cliff walkways allow you to meander between Cape Dunesque and Bridgewater Bay. Camp sites are dotted along the walk.