Looking for some options for day trips or a reason to extend your stay in Victoria?
Here are some popular destinations that we just know you'll love.
Lorne is a popular beach tourist resort town, located on one of the state's most scenic coastal routes, the Great Ocean Road, between Aireys Inlet and Wye River.
Attracting visitors for over a century, a trip to Lorne is the perfect way to relax and unwind, and see some of Victoria’s most stunning scenery.
Visitors are spoilt for choice of things to do and experience. Surrounded by the Great Otway National Park, visitors can see the beautiful Erskine Falls, stroll the banks of the Cumberland River or take in the view over Loutit Bay. The beautiful surrounds will delight nature lovers.
Lorne’s relaxed seaside cafe culture makes it a must visit destination, with an abundance of shops, cafes, restaurants and galleries available to visitors all down Lorne’s main shopping strip. Relax with a latte at a sidewalk café, picnic under the trees on the foreshore or dine on freshly caught seafood at a local restaurant.
Apollo Bay is located between Wye River and Cape Otway on Victoria's scenic coastal route, the Great Ocean Road.
As a popular tourist destination, Apollo Bay offers swimming and surf beaches, as well as a large boat harbour and marina which is home to a major fishing fleet.
Visitors to the area will be delighted by the range of local attractions and things to do. Apollo Bay has plenty of shops and restaurants to explore, along with a series of popular museums to discover.
Apollo Bay provides easy access to the stunning Otway National Park, where you will be able to visit the light house, check out some incredible waterfalls and explore the beautiful natural surrounds.
Apollo Bay has plenty of viewing points, all with unique and equally stunning views, making them perfect spots to enjoy a picnic or just sit back and relax.
The 12 Apostles, along the Great Ocean Road, is one of Victoria’s most stunning natural attractions, attracting local and international visitors all year round.
Created by constant erosion of the limestone cliffs off the mainland beginning 10-20 million years ago, the stormy Southern Ocean and blasting winds gradually eroded the softer limestone, forming caves in the cliffs.
The caves eventually became arches and when they collapsed rock stacks up to 45 metres high were left isolated from the shore. View the 12 Apostles at sunrise and sunset as they change colour from dark and foreboding in shadow to brilliant sandy yellow under a full sun.
The spectacular 40-minute trip on the Queenscliff Sorrento Ferry Service links Melbourne’s most magnificent coastal regions: the Bellarine Peninsula and Mornington Peninsula.
Get on the ferry in Queenscliff and then find yourself in one of Victoria’s most popular beach destinations, Sorrento.
And whilst on the Ferry trip, keep an eye out for dolphins, whales in winter and enormous ships as you breathe in the fresh sea air.
When you arrive at Sorrento, you'll have a perfect view of multi-million dollar mansions sitting atop cliffs, tiny coves filled with boats, the beautiful foreshore and old limestone buildings.
Sorrento has plenty of cafes and shops to explore, along with a family friendly front beach, and stunningly wild back beach. Sorrento is also only a short distance from other popular towns along the bustling Mornington Peninsula, including Portsea.
The Goldfields covers a mass of central Victoria with a rich 150 year long history in gold mining, and a lasting imprint in Victoria’s legacy.
Towns in the Goldfields include Ballarat, Bendigo, Heathcote and Castlemaine. Each town has its own unique history and culture; however they all share the legacy of defining Victoria in its early years.
Visitors to the Goldfields can tour the majestic Victorian streetscapes of Bendigo and Ballarat with their grand hotels and public buildings, or explore delightful villages such as Maldon, Castlemaine, Heathcote and Dunolly.
The region is a haven of arts and culture, with an outstanding array of galleries displaying local and European art.
There is a huge array of spectacular restaurants and cafes to choose from throughout the area, all allowing visitors to sample the beautiful local food and wine.
A must for anyone visiting Victoria, is a shopping trip in Melbourne, Australia’s fashion capital. Whether you are after high end designer items, or bargain shopping, Melbourne boasts a vast selection of shopping strips and centres to ensure that there is something for everyone.
In the city, visitors will find major department stores Myer and David Jones, along with plenty of chain stores and designer boutiques. In Melbourne’s laneways shoppers will be delighted at the unique and quirky boutiques, with stores ranging from vintage outlets to local designers showcasing their latest collections.
Bargain hunters will be thrilled when they discover one of Melbourne’s many discount shopping outlets, including South Wharf DFO and Harbour Town shopping centre, both short tram trips from the city centre
For further information on the above destinations, go to www.visitvictoria.com/regions