Victoria is one of those places in the world which will leave you with some fantastic memories, of the scenery, the food, drink, experiences and the people. This is actually the smallest of the mainland states in terms of the area, but it is one of the biggest in terms of population. It also has a reputation for being quite urbanised, with most people living in a town or city: but it is more than just Melbourne and towns, it is also full of some beautiful countryside, after all this is the home to the centre of Australiaâ€™s dairy farming and there are also almost 20 million sheep and lambs here, so do not believe that it is just about urban sprawl. It is quite simply beautiful.
Melbourne is of course the main destination for many people who come to Victoria and indeed there is lots to see and do in Melbourne. But to just concentrate on the city means that you lose out on all Victoria has to offer.
So consider visiting the very historic cities of Castlemaine, Ballarat, Bendigo and Daylesford, all of which have many heritage sites and interesting things to see, explore and visit.
Or you can visit the Twelve Apostles, which is a range of limestone stacks which are just off the Port Campbell National Parkâ€™s shore. It was once called the Sow and Piglets, but itâ€™s name was changed in the 1950â€™s, even though there were only 9 â€˜apostlesâ€™ left, not 12.
Another main attraction in Victoria is the chance to see the Little Penguin, which is also known as the Fairy Penguin. They are tiny in size, but incredibly cute and they can easily be seen at Phillip Island or St Kilda.
There are some great beaches where you can just sit and watch the world go past. One of the best is Bells Beach, although some people would argue that the beach at Torquay is better.
You could take a trip to the Yarra Valley to see how wine is produced, taste a little wine and hopefully take a bottle or two home with you.
Or you could venture into the Alpine Region with its fabulous ski slopes or just admire the fantastic scenery.
There really is something for everyone in Victoria: if you like cities, there are quite a few to visit. But I you like the open air and countryside, you will be right at home here. Sports fans will find a wide range of things to do, but plenty of gentle walks, rambles and soothing beaches are here for people who just want to take life easy.
Great restaurants, fine wines and excellent facilities for all tick all the boxes on even the most exacting of wishlistsâ€¦.. so add Victoria to your wishlist!