Welcome to Victoria
Victoria is located in the southeast of Australia and covers an area of 227,444 sq km. Vibrant Melbourne is the capital, famous for its laneways and sporting events. Victora has some unique landforms such as the Twelve Apostles.
Tourist regions of Victoria:
- Great Ocean Road
- Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges
- Mornington Peninsula
- Daylesford & the Macedon Ranges
- Phillip Island
- Geelong & the Bellarine
- High Country
- The Murray
Top Things to Do in Victoria
There are so many things to do and see in Victoria:
- Skiing and snowboarding
- Walking and hiking
- National Parks
- Excellent road trip itineraries
- Phillip Island Penguin Parade
- Major sporting events e.g. Australian Tennis Open, Formula 1 Racing, Melbourne Cup
- Aboriginal Victoria
- History and heritage
Getting to Victoria
Victoria’s major airport Tullamarine is located 22 km from Melbourne’s CBD. Major domestic carriers such as Qantas, Virgin, Jetstar and Rex Airlines serve Victoria.
T1 – Qantas domestic
T2 – International
T3 – Virgin Australia domestic
T4 – Jetstar and Regional Express Airlines (REX) domestic
Taxis are available to the CBD with an average fare of AUD 60 – 80
Uber and ride-share is available.
Skybus provides direct airport bus service to the city and back again. Buses run 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every 10–15 minutes in the day and every 30–60 minutes at night.
You can pre-book your Skybus tickets from Tullamarine to the City here
If you are staying around Southbank or Docklands you can pre-book your Skybus tickets from Tullamarine here
If you are staying in St Kilda you can pre-book your Skybus tickets here
Car rental is available from Tullamarine Airport and also the City Centre – for the latest deals click here
If you are considering hiring a Campervan to travel around Victoria – you can find out more information here
Melbourne’s second airport at Avalon is located 53.5 km from Melbourne’s CBD. The average driving time is 45 minutes. If you are travelling to Geelong – the average driving time is 15 minutes.
Taxis are available to Melbourne CBD – they range from AUD112 – 130.
Jetstar has flights to Avalon Airport.
SkyBus Avalon City Express coaches operate between Avalon, Werribee and Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station. For price and timetables, visit SkyBus
Car rental is available from Avalon Airport.
The following information is taken from Visit Victoria:
Metro trains connect Melbourne’s suburbs with Flinders Street Station in the city. The city loop is Melbourne’s underground system, with five stations servicing the central business district: Southern Cross Station, Flagstaff (closed weekends), Melbourne Central, Parliament and Flinders Street.
myki is Melbourne’s ticket to travel on the city’s trains, trams and buses. It’s a plastic smartcard with stored value that can be topped up. Purchase your myki online at myki.com.au, premium train stations, retail outlets displaying the myki sign (including 7-Elevens), or by calling 1800 800 007 (free from a landline) in Australia.
When your balance is low, top up on the PTV website, using the PTV app, at premium stations and at retailers displaying the myki sign.
The myki explorer card includes a day’s unlimited travel by train, bus and tram in metropolitan Melbourne, plus maps and a handful of discounts and offers. Top up your card to travel extra days or into regional Victoria.
Melbourne is the only city in Australia with a network of trams. Trams share road space on most Melbourne thoroughfares, and are operated by Yarra Trams.
How to travel on trams
You can board trams at signposted stops, which also display maps, route numbers and a timetable. Route numbers show on the front of the tram. Some stops provide times for next departures, or download the tramTRACKER and PTV apps for live departure information.
Free Tram Zone
Travel on trams in Melbourne’s city centre is free. View a map of the Free Tram Zone on the PTV website. Tram stops in the Free Tram Zone are clearly marked. If you start or finish a journey outside the Free Tram Zone, a valid myki card is still required.
City Circle Tram
Melbourne’s burgundy and gold City Circle Trams offer free travel to city sights and attractions, with audio commentary on points of interest along the route. Trams run along Flinders Street, Harbour Esplanade, Docklands Drive, La Trobe Street and Spring Street. A complete circle takes around an hour. Trams run in both directions every 12 minutes from 10am to 6pm Sunday to Wednesday, and 10am to 9pm Thursday to Saturday (except Christmas Day and Good Friday). The City Circle Tram is not wheelchair accessible.
V/Line is Victoria’s regional train and coach provider, operating services across the state. Southern Cross Station in Melbourne is the hub for all regional departures, with easy connections to Metro metropolitan trains, trams and buses.
Trains and coaches are an easy way to access towns and scenic attractions in all directions from Melbourne. Visit vline.com.au for information.
Regional bus services
Various private buses operate on V/Line and PTV routes around the regions. Some offer transfers to attractions, and others may be available for local group charter. Private bus lines include:
- Alpine Spirit Coaches
- Snowball Express Mt Hotham Coaches
- Martin’s Albury
- North East Coach Lines
Our Victoria Accommodation will cover accommodation in Melbourne, hotel reviews and more
The best time to visit Victoria is in the spring and autumn months, October is the wettest month. Melbourne can have 4 seasons in one day, which we found out is very true after living there for 2 years.
Victorian Public Holidays 2023
|1 Jan||Sun||New Year’s Day|
|2 Jan||Mon||New Year Holiday|
|26 Jan||Thu||Australia Day|
|13 Mar||Mon||Labour Day|
|07 Apr||Fri||Good Friday|
|08 Apr||Sat||Day following Good Friday|
|09 Apr||Sun||Easter Sunday|
|10 Apr||Mon||Easter Monday|
|25 Apr||Tue||Anzac Day|
|12 Jun||Mon||Queen’s Birthday|
|TBA||AFL Grand Final Friday|
|7 Nov||Tue||Melbourne Cup Day *|
|25 Dec||Mon||Christmas Day|
|26 Dec||Tue||Boxing Day|