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Melbourne is Victoria's vibrant capital and offers something for the whole family. From food, fashion and sport, through to major tourist attractions including SEA LIFE Aquarium. Cycle along the Yarra or visit one of the many gardens. Catch a tram to explore St Kilda or a ferry to historic Williamstown.
The Daylesford and Macedon Ranges region is famous for its mineral springs and farm fresh produce and is perfectly located for a weekend break. Townships in the region include Bacchus Marsh, Creswick, Daylesford, Trentham, Mt Macedon, Woodend, Kyneton and Lancefield.
On Melbourne's outskirts, you will find the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges. Popular destinations include Healesville, Yarra Glen and the villages of the Dandenongs including Sherbrooke, Olinda and Sassafras. This region includes Marysville, which has risen from the ashes after the 2009 bushfires.
One of Melbourne's favourite holiday destinations, the Mornington Peninsula offers a range of water activities, with sheltered bayside beaches and rough ocean surf. Destinations include Portsea, Rosebud, Dromana, Cape Schanck, Red Hill and Sorrento, from where you can catch a car ferry across to the other side of Port Phillip Bay.
Just a short bridge crossing away from the "mainland", Phillip Island is famous for its adorable fairy penguins and is a popular summer destination for families with its mix of safe swimming and surf beaches, including the famous Cape Woolamai. The main township is Cowes, but other popular places to stay include Smiths Beach and Ventnor.
One of Australia's great drives, the Great Ocean Road between Torquay and Warrnambool is perfect for a family road trip. Popular stops include Lorne, Airey's Inlet, Apollo Bay and Port Campbell. But with miles of beaches and rainforest to explore (including Cape Otway and its lighthouse), there are plenty more places to explore along the way.
Give your family gold fever as you go back in time in Victoria's Goldfields region. From Ballarat with its major tourist experience, Sovereign Hill, to Bendigo, where you can go underground at the Central Deborah Gold Mine. Other popular towns include Maryborough, and castlemaine and Maldon, connected by the Victorian Goldfields Railway's tourist trains.
Visiting the Grampians is a great opportunity for families to get out and experience Australian bush beauty at its best. This area also offers indigenous cultural experiences, with a visit to the Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Bambruk. Places like Halls Gap and MacKenzie Falls are popular. However, this region stretches further afield, from Horsham through to Ararat, including the Pyrenees wine region.
Victoria's High Country stretches from Alexandra through to Rutherglen and includes majestic mountains and quaint country towns. Mountain villages including Falls Creek and Mt Buller are popular all year round for outdoor adventurers. This region is Kelly Country and is bound in history. Other popular destinations include Nagambie, Lake Eildon, Bright and Beechworth.
Travel east from Melbourne to discover the Gippsland region. From Warragul through to Mallacoota in the fast east, there is so much to discover here. Popular destinations include Inverloch, Lakes Entrance, Mt Baw Baw and Metung. Discover the Buchan Caves and the historic Walhalla township. This region is also renowned for its food and wine.
The mighty Murray River provides a natural border between Victoria and NSW, and in Victoria the region stretches down to Shepparton in the south, known as Victoria's fruit bowl and home to SPC. Historic river towns such as Echuca and Swan Hill offer the chance to ride a historic paddle steamer. Other popular destinations include Mildura, Cobram, Yarrawonga and Wodonga.
Images on this page were kindly provided by Tourism Victoria. Great Ocean Road photo (12 Apostles) by Roberto Seba