|Ways to play|||||Must Do's|||||Regional Victoria|
Right on Melbourne’s doorstep a diverse regional offering awaits – from leading wine regions to unique nature and wildlife experiences, there’s something for everyone, all easily accessible due to the state’s compact size. Within a day you can experience a range of natural attractions including snow-capped mountains, rugged coastal scenery, volcanic plains, vineyards, lakes and rushing rivers.
Phillip Island – home to diverse natural attractions, Phillip Island offers some of Victoria’s most stunning scenery as well as an unsurpassed wildlife experience. Here, you can see wildlife year-round, whether it is watching as Little Penguins emerge from the sea to make their nightly trip home, strolling through reserves to spot koalas dozing in their treetop homes, watching seals bask in the sun at Australia’s largest fur seal colony or observing bird habitats and wetland reserves.
Mornington Peninsula - For a taste of the Mediterranean, take a trip to the Mornington Peninsula, only an hour from Melbourne and experience some of Victoria’s finest beaches, food and wine and relax in Victoria’s only naturally occurring hot springs. Boasting a coastline reminiscent of Europe, the region is a popular haunt for the celebrity set, lured by rolling hills of olive groves and vineyards and sophisticated seaside villages.
Yarra Valley - Home to Victoria’s earliest vineyards, the Yarra Valley has developed into one of the world’s finest wine growing regions. Set amongst a landscape of rolling green hills and farm paddocks, the region boasts over 90 wineries, most of which offer cellar door tastings and sales, and some of Australia’s finest pinot noir and sparkling wine. What really sets it apart from other regions is its unique blend of country charm complemented by state-of-the-art cellar doors, boutique accommodation and gourmet dining.
Great Ocean Road - discover some of the country’s best surf beaches, charming coastal towns and natural wonders. This iconic stretch of road has long been considered one of the world’s most spectacular drives and follows Victoria’s rugged south-west coast, providing stunning views of raging beaches, beautiful waterfalls, shipwreck sites and magnificent lighthouses. The region is also a nature lover’s paradise and the best way to discover it is on foot. The Great Ocean Walk, a 104km dedicated coastal walking trail, brings you closer than ever to some of the country’s most pristine and remote beaches
Daylesford - Few places on earth can lay claim to being a premium spa village dedicated to your wellbeing, yet the picturesque Victorian town of Daylesford is one such place. Just an hour from Melbourne Airport, Daylesford and the surrounding region boasts the highest concentration of natural mineral springs in the country and arguably the largest number of natural therapists and masseurs in Australia, making it a truly unique spa destination. The abundant mineral springs feed into everything, from luxurious spa treatments to the rich soil that grows the delicious produce served in the award winning local restaurants and the grapes used in the region’s cool climate wines.
30 NOV: The Australian Open is synonymous with summer, and to celebrate both, the AO ice-cream van will be handing out free ice-creams all over Melbourne in the lead up to Australian Open 2013.