Victoria’s sophisticated state capital Melbourne is known for its bold architecture, outstanding nightlife, and major sporting events. It’s a destination in its own right but venture beyond the city and you’ll be justly rewarded.
For spectacular wildlife spotting head to Phillip Island to see the daily penguin parades as well as lovable koalas and wallabies. Don’t miss the stunning coastal panoramas of the Great Ocean Road, ranked as one of the finest drives in the world. For hiking opportunities galore, explore the rugged wilderness of the Grampians National Park or head to the beautiful Wilson Prom. Those in search of wine need only head to Yarra Valley, where there is arguably no better place to enjoy Australia’s finest produce.
Each of Victoria’s attractions warrants significant exploration. You can spend days, exploring the vibrant suburbs of Melbourne’s streets. For beaches venture an hour out of the city to Mornington Peninsula, where you’ll be rewarded for venturing further afield with exceptional natural beauty and wildlife.
When to Visit
Victoria and Melbourne have a variable climate with warm summers but cooler, windy winters than you’d find in other Australian states.
The best time to visit is in spring (September – November) and summer (December to February). However, the weather can also be mild and enjoyable in the Autumn months (March to May). While travelling outside high season does allow you to escape some of the crowds. Although Victoria does come with a level of unpredictability so ensure you are prepared for all weather during any visit.
Average monthly high and low temperatures, plus average monthly rainfall and days with rain can be seen below for Melbourne.