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Victoria may be Australia’s second smallest state, but it packs a punch when it comes to tourism.

Situated in southeast Australia, nestled between the NSW and South Australian borders, it is the most densely populated state, with a population of more than 6.6 million.

Victoria has got it all as far as favourite destinations go.

For starters, there’s the dynamic capital, Melbourne, founded by John Bateman in 1835.

It is a city rich in history – start at the beginning and head to Carlton’s Melbourne Museum to check out the history and culture related to the city and beyond.

It is also known as Australia’s sporting capital with its AFL matches, the Australian Open, world cricket and Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix.

But it is the iconic Melbourne Cup, that dates back to 1861, held on the first Tuesday in November that definitely stops the nation.

Food lovers are spoilt in this city and beyond – there’s a generous serve of hatted restaurants where talented star chefs take centre stage along with quaint cafes where the coffee is legendary.

For an art fix visit the National Gallery of Victoria known as the NGV, where the building with its famous waterwall.

Leave the city behind and you will find fabulous beaches, sprawling national parks, wineries, ski fields, regional centres and quirky towns.

Whether it is day trips or longer country drives you are after, there is plenty to see and do, so hire a car and venture out.

Geelong, just over an hour from Melbourne, has great beaches and the Bellarine Peninsula is perfect for a winery hop.

Take a trip along the Great Ocean Road for great coastal views or head to the mountains in the High Country for some crisp air and country hospitality.

Want to know a secret? Discover the charm of the King Valley near Wangaratta which is home to fabulous Italian inspired cuisine and great Mediterranean style drops.

Like to climb a mountain, take a hike, camp or throw in a line? The Grampians – a three-hour drive from Melbourne, is perfect.

Come winter, head to Mt Buller, three hours from Melbourne or further afield to Falls Creek and Mt Hotham for downhill skiing and snowboarding,

Victoria caters for all when it comes to accommodation, from picturesque camping grounds to safari tent style glamping, chic hotels and cute retro-style motels- it’s all waiting to be discovered.

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