Victoria — Things to Do
Victoria may only be the second smallest state in Australia, but it is jam packed full of exciting things to do. Melbourne, the capital of Victoria and cultural capital of Australia, is the center of the activity spotlight. Many of the best activities are found inside the city, especially when it comes to sports. Live sports are found across the city all year. Tourists of all sports tastes can find something to match their liking here, including tennis, cricket, Aussie rules football, soccer, rugby league and rugby union. Don’t forget about the Grand Prix held at Albert Park too.
Outside Melbourne, tourists will also find a number of interesting activities. Adults will adore the Yarra Valley. Located just outside Melbourne, this wondrous region is choc-a-block full of wineries and vineyard estates. Some of the best wineries in the world are found here.
The large number of live sporting events held in Victoria makes it the center of Australia’s sporting culture. Tourists can choose from a wide variety of sports all year round, from international cricket, rugby and tennis, to the vivacious weekly rounds of Aussie Rules at the MCG. Encore Sports Tours is a great company for traveling sports enthusiasts.
Cycling the old railways that once spanned the Victorian landscape is now a mainstay for the state’s tourism industry. There are plenty of railway trails to follow, including the East Gippsland Rail Trail, Bellarine Rail Trail, and the Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail. One of the more reliable companies offering these tours is High Country Bike Adventures.
Flying across the southern coastline of Victoria has become a popular activity over the last decade. The rocky coastline that hugs southern Victoria is filled with magnificent landscapes and landmarks that need to be seen to be believed. By flying over the region, tourists can witness the spectacles of the 12 Apostles, Cape Otway and the Otway Rainforests. Tours to Go provides plenty of options for travelers.
Victoria is home to the Yarra Valley winery region, so wine sampling is definitely part of any Victorian holiday. Chill Out Wine Tours offers a plethora of ideas for tourists. The Yarra Valley is just a short drive from the heart of Melbourne.
Victoria’s alpine region is among the best spots in Australia for a skiing holiday. Mt Buller and Mt Hotham are two of Victoria’s most famous skiing areas. They usually boast snowfall between the months of June and August. Large ‘snowmaking’ machines line the ski resorts to be used if required. Ski Victoria has plenty of travel packages available.
If tourists are looking for an adventure, then hot air ballooning across the spectacular Yarra Valley is certainly recommended. The entire journey will take four hours from start to finish. Visitors will explore the landscapes of the Yarra River in the early hours of the morning, followed by a champagne breakfast. Viator will arrange all aspects of the tour.