|THE TARRA RIVER NEAR YARRAM|
FACTS ABOUT VICTORIA:|
Population 5,496,400 (30/12/2009).
AREA: 227,600 Sq Km.
LOCATION: In the South-eastern corner of the mainland of Australia.
CLIMATE: Highest temp. 50.8, C at Mildura in the north-west.
-12.8. at Mt. Hotham in the Snowy Mountains.
Victoria has a high rainfall with extremes of heat in summer in the western and north western regions.
Melbourne was first settled in 1835. Victoria is Australia's smallest mainland
state with 1800 km of coastline.
Victoria calls itself the 'Garden State', a reference to the rolling green
hills and valleys which make up the majority of the state. Varied in scenery,
it is surrounded by water on 3 sides. To the north the mighty River Murray makes
up the bulk of its border to New South Wales, while to the east and south, the
Tasman Sea, Bass Strait, and the Southern Ocean have carved out a spectacular
coastline which varies from golden beaches to stark outcrops such as the Port
Campbell National Park. Also in the north is the Alpine National Park, a skiing
area which offers winter sports from around June to August, and mountain-climbing
and exploration throughout the rest of the year.
In the west of the state, close to its border with South Australia, desert
wilderness areas can be seen. The Little Desert and Wyperfeld National Parks
are renowned for the wildflowers which bloom throughout the year, mainly around
September, and are popular walking and exploring venues.
Among the major attractions of the state is The Grampians National Park,
west of Melbourne. This beautiful area offers walking trails, spectacular lookouts
and lake swimming and fishing. South-east of Melbourne, Phillip Island is a
popular place to observe the nightly procession of penguins returning to their
nests after a days activities.
The capital of Victoria, Melbourne, enjoys the reputation of being Australia's
Cultural capital, and this is reflected in the many live shows which are presented
at the theatres which abound in the city.
The Victorian Tourist Bureau will provide much of the Information you require.
Follow the link from this page to 'Victorian Towns List' for a look at some
of the things on offer in various towns of Victoria.
Along the Great Ocean Road.
In The Grampians National Park