Shopping ‘til you are dropping; at Chapel Street South Yarra or Collins Street in the city for elegant designer togs to flounce at the Melbourne Cup, or at Brunswick Street, Fitzroy for that extreme dress for that hot spot bar; carrying home some cool spa and skincare products from a weekend in the Hepburn Springs and Daylesford spa country or some top drops from the Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley. Shop till you drop – where else but on a Victoria Holiday Package for the girls? And when they get together with the boys for a night out in Melbourne, the city is alive with cafe strips, classy riverside restaurants, the Casino at Southbank and pumping nightclubs to finish off the holiday with mates in Melbourne, Vic
The boys club can find plenty to occupy their days too on their sporting holiday in Melbourne, Victoria; watch a top footy match, take a tour of the hallowed Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), see the Australia Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park or visit the National Sports Museum – and the shopping’s not bad for blokes, either, on a Holiday Deal in Victoria for the boys.
Good friends can fall in love on a romantic holiday on horse back in Victoria, riding a gentle trail in the picturesque High Country where legends are made; take a romantic mountain trail, ablaze with summer wildflowers, see a pretty country churchyard where Banjo Paterson’s iconic Aussie cattleman, “The Man from Snowy River” rests, and view historic cattlemen’s huts, built in olden times as shelters for the summer season in Victoria’s High Country; take a romantic dinner and propose in a former stately bank at Beechworth, supping on luscious desert wines from the Rutherglen Wine Region to celebrate. Then return to the ski country for honeymoon and Victoria Ski Holiday in the High Country at Mount Buller, Mount Hotham or Falls Creek.
Discover the gold rush history of the Victorian Goldfields where the diggings yielded some 2% of all the gold ever mined in the world. Sovereign Hill in the Goldfields is one of the top tourist spots in Victoria where everyone on a Victoria family holiday can see olden times of the 1850’s Victorian Goldfields come to life as bakers and blacksmiths wear costumes of the day as they ply their trades and storekeepers sell their wares while miners pan for gold as life goes on at the pace of the days gone by while visitors enjoy a present day family holiday in Victoria. The history lover will want to spend some time in Kelly Country, and at Beechworth the 1852 Goldrush town where Ned Kelly was tried and sentenced and where the Beechworth Cultural Precinct houses historic mementoes of the goldrush days and the Ned Kelly mob, including a copy of Ned’s death mask.
Active types can find that the central western region of Victoria is a great inland destination for the adventurer with Mount Arapiles recognised as the best rock-climbing area, and 2000 marked rock climbing routes in the Mount Arapiles Tooan State Park ready for an active holiday in Victoria, with the 84 kms long Desert Discovery Walk in the nearby Little Desert National Park. If the drive for adventure is still not sated, hot air balloon rides leave Stawell at dawn to soar over the Grampians. In the Grampians National Park, 5 Koori communities operate the outstanding Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre. One of the original Indigenous Tourism Champions of Australia, the Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre has greater than 90% of all of the recorded Indigenous Rock Art Sites in Victoria. The Grampians (Gariwerd) is a spiritual place, a place rich in Dreaming stories, sacred sites, bush-tucker, water and shelter which offers visitors on a Victoria Holiday Deal the unique chance to experience the history and culture of the Djab Wurrung and Jardwadjali Aboriginal communities of Western Victoria.
The friendly community of wine makers in the Yarra Valley north east of Melbourne town continue the tradition that the lover of good food and wine who is on holiday in Victoria can enjoy the Yarra Valley with some 70 wineries and welcoming cellar doors to experience as they follow the renowned Yarra Valley Regional Food Trail. The Yarra Valley, is synonymous with fine food and wines; Yering Station was Victoria’s first vineyard, established in 1838, and now with modern winemaking facilities viewable through specially built viewing platforms, Yering Station has married its wines with local produce in a stone built restaurant, while the original winery is converted to market local food produce and a cellar door to welcome the visitor on their Victoria holiday deal.
Springtime in the Goulburn Valley is picture perfect for the photographer on a family holiday package in Victoria, with peach, pear, oranges and nectarine tree in blossom and river life on the border of Vic and NSW bustling with life. In a region of rich, fertile farmland, with wineries including an historic National Trust winery cellar, cropping and wool growing, market gardens and orchards it is not surprising that the Goulburn Valley is home to one of the biggest canning plants in the world. The meeting of the waters takes place at Echuca, where the Goulburn meets the Murray River and the Campaspe River. Historic Echuca is where the massive red 1 km long gum wharf was once berthing place of the river boats that plied the rivers and was the busiest inland port in Australia in the gold rush days. Nostalgia is kept alive for travellers on holiday in Victoria with historic hotels and restored paddle steamers for day trips in the Murray Valley of Victoria.
There was great excitement around the traps for the well off settlers in the gold rush city of Melbourne when the therapeutic qualities of the waters of Daylesford and Hepburn Springs, Victoria were first discovered in the 18970’s. The elite of Melbourne society had gained a fashionable venue to be seen to relax and rejuvenate – just like the ‘posh English people ‘had had for 2000 years in the ancient Roman spa town, Aqua Sulis, otherwise known as Bath, England, and the other uber fashionable spa towns of Europe. Nowadays anyone stressed out by the pace of modern life and fashionable couples who take a babymoon break together before their bundle of joy arrives can indulge in a romantic babymoon holiday package in Victoria to relax and rejuvenate on a holiday break in Victoria Spa Country with excellent restaurants, elegant country gardens and historic buildings creating that extra aura of serenity.
He who has not sighted a beachside picture of the massed Brighton Bathing Boxes or the Bathing Boxes at Mornington has not looked at a travel book. The colourful box like huts were originally used for the ‘shy’ Victorians in the era of Queen Victoria to change into their ankle length bathing suits to take to the waters to bathe. Still much in demand as a status symbol to change into the itsy bitsy thong bikini, the brightly coloured units line the beaches and make great ‘I was there’ pics for the tourist on a beach holiday in Victoria. Driving to the ocean beaches on the foot of the Mornington Peninsula can be as leisurely as the driver chooses with some dozens of wineries creating cool climate wines, centred around Red Hill and from Arthurs Seat, picture perfect views across the bay to Melbourne to delight the eye on a holiday to Victoria.
‘Fishing, boating, anything floating’ holidays packages in Victoria are well suited to the East Gippsland region of Victoria, with mountain stream and lakes, the inland waters of the Gippsland Lake and the waters of the Bass Straight lapping at the enormous length of sandy dunes and Ninety Mile Beach; all perfect for the fisherman to holiday in Victoria or to learn to surf to get just another dimension off shore. A Melbourne tram ride from the city, beyond Albert Park, buzzy St Kilda is a quality way to spend Sunday, with a wide beach, Luna Park fun fair, iconic classy beachside market and bustling Ackland Street cafes to indulge in. A stroll along the pretty St Kilda Pier leads to another “I was there” photo shoot with the ocean and then skyline of Melbourne in the background and you in the foreground, standing on the St Kilda Pier beside the cafe sign board.
The iconic Great Ocean Road is a must do consideration for any surfer on holiday in Victoria; at beaches along the coastline, such as the iconic Bells Beach and Jan Juc, Australian Surf Life Saving Clubs man the beaches to ensure the swimmer stays within the safety of the flags and keep and eye out for the surfer. The southerly Cape Otway Lighthouse gives magnificent vistas over the coastline where wrecks of ships that strayed too close caused one area of the Great Ocean Road to be named the Ship Wreck Coast, with some 200 ships and many lives lost. Beyond the Otways, in the Port Campbell NP, travellers taking the Great Ocean Road drive on a Victoria holiday deal stop at the viewing platform to take the iconic ‘I was there’ photo of the natural called the Twelve Apostles.