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. You can spend days exploring the vibrant suburbs of Melbourne’s streets. And if during that time you fancy a break from the big city an hour’s drive brings you to Mornington Peninsula, where beautiful beaches and crystal clear water combine with charming little coastal towns. While on clear days the city skyline is still visible in places.

Equally the state has far more to see besides the capital, with a rich diversity of attractions. 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.

Top Recommendations

  • The museums, art galleries, cafes, eateries and bars of Melbourne
  • Hire a car or camper van and drive along the stunningly scenic Great Ocean Road
  • The indulgent food and wine of the Yarra Valley
  • Quaint idyllic beachside towns of the Mornington Peninsula
  • Lace your hiking boots and hit the trails of the Grampians National Park
  • The rugged granite mountains and abundant wildlife, including kangaroos and wombats of Wilsons Promontory National Park

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.