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Top Things To Do In Victoria (Paid & Free)

by Rose Foster

1. RAAF Museum

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The RAAF Museum is home to Australia’s largest collection of memorabilia and aircraft relating to the rich history of the Australian Flying Corps and the Royal Australian Air Force.

The Museum has something to interest all members of the family, from children to grandparents, as they showcase the role of the Royal Australian Air Force from World War I to present day.

Browse through the Museum’s state of the art heritage gallery and see flying demonstrations hosted by their pilots. You can also go behind the scenes and see the restoration experts at work.

Flying demonstrations operate regularly (weather permitting) as part of the Interactive Flying Program each Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 1:00pm (excluding the period from mid December to mid January).

The Museum is open Tuesday to Friday 10:00am to 3:00pm, Weekends and Public Holidays 10:00am to 5:00pm. Closed Mondays, Good Friday and Christmas Day

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2. Port Campbell National Park

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On a coastline renowned for its spectacular coastal formations it’s easy to overlook London Bridge and The Grotto, which are both as awesome in their own way as the more famous Twelve Apostles.

Port Campbell National Park is also home to animals that carve out a niche on this inhospitable coastline. At dusk, they come home from their feeding grounds out at sea. Look down at the Twelve Apostles or London Bridge and you can see Little Penguins. Or check out the natural wonder of thousands of Short-tailed Shearwaters returning to roost on Muttonbird Island (near Loch Ard Gorge) at sunset. Whales are also a common sight along the coast and Port Campbell township is a good lookout to spot them from.

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3. Brambuk Cultural Centre

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Nga Keenatt (Welcome) to Brambuk, where you will find the very best information and interpretation of the Grampians National Park (Gariwerd) only 3hrs west of Melbourne.
Famous for its rugged mountains, spectacular waterfalls, wildflowers, wildlife and Aboriginal rock art sites – this Park is unique among Australia’s national parks.
Start exploring by visiting Brambuk the National Park and Cultural Centre, where you will discover the Park’s exceptional environment and Aboriginal culture.
We provide the best information for the park, and can show you where to go and what to see. Relax with mountain views, enjoy bush foods, a cappuccino or something from our large menu.
Our Gift Shop provides an excellent selection of books, gifts, Aboriginal arts and crafts and a wide selection of Park maps are available.

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4. Sorrento-Portsea Artists Trail

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Discover how the Mornington Peninsula inspired some of Australia’s most notable artists – including Arthur Streeton, Albert Tucker and John Perceval – on the Sorrento-Portsea Artists Trail. The trail currently features stands of 14 paintings near the scene viewed by the artist and follows a scenic coastal walking route that includes Sorrento Pier, Point King and Sorrento Ocean beach. Download a free copy of the trail at virtualsorrento.com.au.

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5. Pelican feeding

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Pelican feeding can be viewed for free every day from 11.30am on the foreshore near the San Remo Fisherman’s Co-Op, just across the gateway bridge to Phillip Island. Later, wander along the jetty where stingrays might be seen gliding through the waters. The San Remo pelican feeding area has amenities including children’s playgrounds and barbecue areas. See visitphillipisland.com.

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6. Nobbies Centre

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Stroll along the boardwalks at Phillip Island’s rugged Nobbies, keeping a lookout for nesting birds and Little Penguins while taking in spectacular views of Bass Strait, and visit the Nobbies Centre, which showcases Australian fur seals and unique marine life through interactive displays and mini-presentations, for free. Open 11am to 6pm in spring, 10am to 8pm during the summer months. See penguins.org.au.

7. Beechworth Town Bikes

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Enjoy the country air while taking in the historic sights of Beechworth over the handlebars of a free bicycle. Designed to link local businesses, Town Bike cyclists are given a map upon pick-up from the first stop, Bridge Road Brewers, to help guide them on their journey that includes Larder Fromagerie and Provisions and Pennyweight Winery. More at northeastvalleys.com.au.

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8. Drive the Great Ocean Road

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Australia’s best road trip is one of the best things to do in the whole country, let alone the state of Victoria. The cliff-hugging touring route traces more than 240 kilometres of rugged Victorian coastline west of Melbourne, connecting the towns of Torquay and Allansford via towering limestone rock formations, golden beaches, and the luscious Great Otway National Park.   Additional Details Can Be Captured From The Below Websites

9. Watch a game of footy at the MCG

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Melbourne is one of the planet’s great sporting cities, hosting a tennis grand slam, a Formula One Grand Prix, and the richest horse race in the Southern Hemisphere every year. But Victoria’s bread and butter is Australian rules football, and the quintessential Melbourne experience is joining the masses in a game of AFL footy at the 100,000-seat colosseum that is the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

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10. Go bushwalking in the Grampians National Park

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Head out on walking tracks that lead to dazzling waterfalls, wildlife and awe-inspiring a lookouts. Savour celebrated local wine at cellar doors and a sublime meal at a multi-award-winning restaurant. Take in extraordinary art, old and new, in galleries indoors and out. Wherever you go, be enchanted and inspired by the striking landscapes of the Grampians spread out before you.Additional Details Can Be Captured From The Below Websites

11. Go skiing

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The rest of Australia often makes fun of Victoria’s weather, which isn’t as warm as its northern neighbours, but the chillier climate does mean that the state is home to a few of the rare places you can actually go skiing in Australia. Snow bunnies should head to Falls Creek, Mount Hotham, Mount Buller, Mount Baw Baw and Dinner Plain for their taste of skiing and snowboarding.Additional Details Can Be Captured From The Below Websites

12. The Dandenong Ranges

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Escape from the bustle of busy city life into a lush haven of hidden delights in the Dandenong Ranges’ secret fern glades, towering forests and eclectic villages.

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13. Alpine National Park

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Mountain peaks covered in snow during Winter become in Spring, Summer and Autumn amazing places to hike and trek and camp, watch birds, explore historycycle down, fly over, tour around, swim and fish in and observe unique flora and fauna.

Bright and its nearby villages are the best places in the State to discover the north eastern sections of the Alpine National Park, including Mount Hotham, Mount Feathertop and Mount Bogong. A number of Parks Victoria-approved tour operators guide bushwalks, horse rides, birdwatching, canoe and cycling treks year-round. Go to parks.vic.gov.au for details.

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14. Mount Buller

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The snowy wonderland sits high on the mountains and is home too many cosy lodges, luxury hotels, and cafes, bars and restaurants. With over 300 hectares of snow fields, Mount Buller offers a diverse range of slopes at all different levels of difficulty. As well as providing plenty of opportunities to explore the mountain either by skiing, boarding or just walking.

The history of this land spans back thousands of years, with both indigenous and European settlers mixed in. The indigenous Taungurung people have been at Mount Buller for more than 2000 generations. As the land is rich in resources, including rivers and other water sources, giving the Taungurung people an abundance of fish and other Australian animals living in this area. European settlers discover this area in the 1830s, but the town was not established until 1851.

Although you don’t have to be a skier or snow boarder to enjoy Mount Buller, there are excellent happenings for these two activities. Have no fear if you are a first timer on the sticks as there are beginner lessons offered to those interested in learning. Get the swing of things and soon you will glide through the snow in no time.

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15. Royal Botanic Gardens

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Attracting over 1,900,000 visitors annually, Melbourne Gardens is a treasured part of cultural life and a valuable asset to the heritage rich city. With its stunning vistas, tranquil lakes and diverse plant collections, the Gardens are a place of continual discovery and delight.

Enjoy the Aboriginal Heritage Walk, a Free Guided Walk, a ride on the Garden Explorer or Punting on the tranquil Ornamental Lake, all set against a beautiful backdrop and just moments from the city.

These beautiful Gardens are home to amazing and diverse plant collections such as camellias, rainforest flora, succulents and cacti, roses, Californian species, herbs, perennials, cycads and plants from Southern China. Guilfoyle’s Volcano offers visitors a fabulous precinct to explore. The Gardens are also a natural sanctuary for native wildlife.

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