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Bush Walking

The best known destinations for bush walking include Bogong National Park (with a possible 6 day walk including the ascent of Mount Bogong, from October to April only) and Mount Feathertop (a 2 day circuit offering scenic mountain views, requiring walkers to be prepared for snowfalls at any time of the year).

Also, Wilson’s Promontory (locally known as ‘the Prom’, a 3 day circuit through stunning stretches of coastline), and the Grampians (a spectacular region of sandstone mountain ranges, valleys, forests and heaths, particularly famous for its displays of wildflowers between August to November) are also well known destinations.

Numerous mineral springs can be found around nearby Daylesford, known as Australia’s spa centre.

For further details, please contact:

VIC Department of Sustainability and Environment
Address: 240-50 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne VIC 3002
Telephone: (3) 9412 4011
Facsimile: (3) 9412 4803
Email address: customer.service@dse.vic.gov.au
Website address: www.dse.vic.gov.au

Water Sports

Home to regular international regattas (such as Sail Melbourne), Melbourne’s Port Philip Bay is 1 of the world’s great yachting waterways.

There are also good beaches nearby and more improved ones at Westernport Bay, Ninety Mile Beach (in the Gippsland Lakes area) and along the Bellarine Peninsula near Geelong.

The best diving destinations include Wilson’s Promontory (access to the sites is mostly by organised boat tours), Cape Liptrap (good for beginners), Cape Patterson, and Phillip Island.

Cape Schanck, Apollo Bay, Cape Otway (known for its crayfishing areas); Port Fairy (around which lie up to 30 stranded ships), and Portland (Victoria’s westernmost town) are also brilliant diving destinations.

Whale watching is possible at Warrnambool, 263 kilometres (163 miles) west of Melbourne, where migrating whales can be observed between May and July.

Surfing enthusiasts are advised to head to Bells Beach and Jan Juc on the Great Ocean Road near Torquay, where the Rip Curl Pro & Quit Classic, a triple A world rated international surfing contest, is held annually for a period of 7 days over Easter. Woolamai in Phillip Island offers fantastic surfing for the more experienced surfer.

Wine Tasting

Victoria has over 350 wineries, and tasting tours are hugely available. Outstanding wine growing regions include the Mornington Peninsula, the Yarra Valley, and the Rutherglen region in the Grampians. The Victorian Wineries Tourism Council can provide further details.

Winter Sports

Victoria’s High Country is 1 of Australia’s most visited wintersports destinations, with the main snowfields only about 4 hours by car from Melbourne.

The best destinations for downhill skiing and snowboarding include Mount Buller, Mount Hotham, Falls Creek, Mount Buffalo and Mount Baw Baw, all of which have brilliant facilities.

Other resorts, such as the Bogong High Plains, Lake Mountain, Mount St Gwinear or Mount Torbreck, are specifically designed for cross country skiing.

Spectator Sports

Australian Rules Football, or otherwise known as ‘Aussie Rules’, is a mixture between football and rugby, and originated in Victoria. The climax of the season (starting in March) is the Australian Football League Grand Final, played in September at the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground, which also plays host to the highest standard of international and national cricket matches, and is categorized amongst cricket’s most sacred pitches.

The 1st Tuesday in November is declared a public holiday for the running, at Flemington, of the 3.2 kilometres (2 mile long) Melbourne Cup, the highlight of Australia’s racing year. This presitigious horserace offers the uppermost prizes in the southern hemisphere.

Further Activities

North west of Melbourne, Sovereign Hill, situated within the country’s most famous gold rush destination, offers visitors a chance to do their own gold panning. Further information on this area is offered by Ballarat Tourism.