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The Twelve Apostles Victoria, the smallest mainland state, is our 'Garden State'. It lies in the south-eastern corner of the continent boasting mountainous areas in the north-east, a rugged and wonderful southern coastline, and semi-desert areas in the north-west.

Melbourne, the cultural capital of Australia, is known for the good things in life - fashion, food, entertainment and sport. Lying directly on the shores of Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne offers easy access to the many different experiences Victoria brings to the visitor.Map of Victoria

Mountains like the Victorian Alps in the east and the Grampians in the west change with coastal areas. Distant desert plateaus in the north-west, fertile river valleys of the Murray in the north, untouched eucalypt and rainforests.

Gold, discovered in the 1860s, brought many nationalities to this part of Australia and with it came their customs and lifestyle, providing now a rich diversity in lifestyle. Some of these early settlers established vineyards that are still producing some of Australia's finest wines. Within an hour, you reach the Yarra Valley in the east or the Mornington Peninsula to the south-west where excellent wines and food are produced.

Victoria plays host to a series of world class events including the Formula One Grand Prix, the Australian Tennis Open and the Motorcycle Grand Prix.