Specials Trip Finder Brochures Menu

Victoria Tours, Vacation Packages & Travel Experiences


  • Wild Koalas along Great Ocean Road are a great photo opportunity on your Australia vacation.
  • Dramatic Beautiful 12 Apostles
  • Injured wildlife sign and kangaroo
  • Flinders Street Station
  • Melbourne Skyline

Victoria, although the smallest state in mainland Australia, is filled with diverse and plentiful attractions both natural and cultural to be enjoyed on an Australia vacation. Melbourne, the capital, is stylish and cosmopolitan. It boasts a world-class culture, sports and dining and is known for hosting world-famous events such as the Australian Grand Prix, the Australian Open Tennis and the Melbourne Cup.

Outside of Melbourne, not to be missed on trips to Australia is Phillip Island where penguin colonies live in their natural habitat. Another region to visit is the Yarra Valley famous for its wineries and rainforests. Victoria altogether has more than 600 wineries which make it a very important part of Australia’s wine industry.

Ballarat is a small city, once famous as the centre of the gold rush and Geelong offers beautiful surf beaches and spectacular views of the Great Ocean Road. By taking the scenic drive along this highway, you will discover a diverse and dramatic region between Geelong and Portland with wonderful views of this wild and windswept coastal highway. Included is the renowned 12 Apostles; the limestone pillars here rise out of the ocean carved over time by the waves.

For skiers, the Australian Alps, which are the highest mountain range in the country, offer first class facilities.

It's almost impossible on Australian tours to not include at least one of our Victoria holidays as most of our "Globetrotters" include a stop in Melbourne when visiting Australia. C’mon say G’day Downunder. Book one of our Australia vacations today and start exploring!

 

State of Victoria Quickfacts

Origin of Name: Named for Queen Victoria, the then reigning monarch.
Capital: Melbourne
Floral Emblem: Common Heath
Faunal Emblem: Leadbeater's Possum
State Flag:

The five stars of the Southern Cross, surmounted by a crown (added in 1877).

State Motto: Peace and prosperity.
Location: Victoria is a state in southeastern Australia.
Area: Its area is 227,600 km2
Landform: Victoria is divided into four physical regions, running generally east and west. From north to south these are the plains of the Murray Basin, the Central Highlands-with a maximum elevation of 1,986 m (6,516 ft) at Mount Bogong-the Southern Plains, and the Southern Uplands. Forest covers most highland areas. The plains are largely grass, with scrubby eucalypti known as mallee in the northwest.
Population: Although it occupies slightly less than 3% of the country's total area, it has a population of 5,821,300, second only to that of New South Wales. Nearly 70% of the state's inhabitants live in the metropolitan area of Melbourne.
Climate: Temperate, Victoria enjoys four distinct seasons. Winter with cold nights; Spring and Fall are delightful. Rain is evenly distributed throughout the year. Summer (Dec to Feb) average temperature is 56-77°F. Winter (Jun to Aug) average temperature is 43-57°F.
Melbourne: Simply stated, Melbourne is friendly elegance. It has an Old World charm, a sophisticated elegance, as you stroll through formal gardens, boat on the lazy Yarra River, wander down broad, tree-lined avenues, admire stately buildings, or shop in fine boutiques.

And yet, there's a wonderfully friendly, "pinch your cheeks" kind of welcome found in the charming sidewalk cafes, the delightful trams, and the streets and markets of distinctive ethnic neighbourhoods. It's especially in the boisterous crowds at an Aussie Rules Football match.

Melbourne is a reflection of them all - a financial centre, a haven for theatre and fine arts, a culinary mecca, a multi-cultural gathering place, and a crazed sports capital. Altogether, the city's nineteenth century nickname seems highly appropriate, Marvelous Melbourne.
Food and Drink: Great dining-out spots include St Kilda, South Yarra, and Lygon Street in Carlton (for the best Italian cuisine); Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, for its offbeat cafe culture; and Southgate where you can dine overlooking the Yarra River. Melbourne's Chinatown in Little Bourke Street offers a superb range of Chinese cuisine. Melbourne has a lively nightclub scene and is noted for live music and comedy clubs such as the Last Laugh. The Crown Casino is Melbourne's entertainment and gambling mecca.
Shopping: Shopping is a passion in Melbourne. Key shopping precincts include up-market Chapel Street and Toorak Road in South Yarra. Bridge Road, Richmond is the place for bargains at "seconds" and factory outlets. In the city try Melbourne Central, Australia on Collins and Southgate for something.

 


 

Australia Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to Australia vacations. Learn about the history and culture of Australia, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Australia's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Australia for yourself. Start exploring...book one of our Australia vacations today!

 

Extend Your Stay

Consider an additional stopover to your Australia vacation at one of Goway's South Pacific destinations. You can choose from  our selection of New Zealand vacation packagesTahiti vacation packages or stay at one of our Fiji resorts or perhaps take a Cook Island vacation. This can be done stopping over en route to or from Australia.

 

  • Melbourne & Sydney with Virgin Australia

    An ideal short Australia vacation for independent Globetrotters and urban explorers, this air-inclusive Australia trip focuses on Melbourne and Sydney, showcasing Australia at its most cosmopolitan.
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,169
    Trip Type:
    Air & Land Inclusive Getaways
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Melbourne, Great Barrier Reef & Sydney with Virgin Australia

    Explore the iconic cities and landscapes of eastern Australia with Virgin Australia. Get a feel for the “World’s Most Livable City” in Melbourne before jetting up to the Great Barrier Reef in northern Cairns and closing out your tour with a yacht cruise on the harbour in Sydney.
    Duration:
    15 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,929
    Trip Type:
    Air & Land Inclusive Getaways
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Classic Australia 12 Day

    Experience the best that Australia has to offer from Sydney’s Opera House to spectacular Ayers Rock. Swim in the Great Barrier Reef and learn about the traditional Aboriginal “Dreamtime”.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,328
    Trip Type:
    Classic Itineraries
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Classic Australia 15 Day

    Enjoy Australia’s most famous sites from Sydney’s Opera House to an Aboriginal “Dreamtime” walk in Kuranda with stops at the Great Barrier Reef, Ayers Rock and Darwin in between.
    Duration:
    15 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,017
    Trip Type:
    Classic Itineraries
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Classic Downunder from Melbourne to Auckland

    Get to know the true Downunder by experiencing the best of both Australia and New Zealand. Visit Australia's iconic sites and cities before commencing a journey through New Zealand’s incredible islands.
    Duration:
    19 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,658
    Trip Type:
    Classic Itineraries
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Classic Downunder: Auckland to Melbourne

    Get to know the true Downunder by experiencing the best of both Australia and New Zealand. Journey through New Zealand’s incredible islands before embarking on a tour of Australia.
    Duration:
    19 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,615
    Trip Type:
    Classic Itineraries
    New Zealand See Trip Details
  • Classic Golden Triangle

    Visit the Classic Golden Triangle of Melbourne, Cairns and Sydney. See the penguins of Phillip Island, swim in the Great Barrier Reef then get to know the historic side of Sydney.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,470
    Trip Type:
    Classic Itineraries
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Classic Victoria

    Explore classic Victoria by first experiencing the highlights of Melbourne. Visit Philip Island and see the Little Penguin Parade before heading along the incredible Great Ocean Road.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 956
    Trip Type:
    Classic Itineraries
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Three Capitals Classic

    Take the opportunity to experience three of Australia’s capital cities. See the sights of Sydney before heading to Canberra, the national capital, then visit the highlights of Melbourne.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 978
    Trip Type:
    Classic Itineraries
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Aussie Southern Explorer

    Encompassing Melbourne, Hobart, and Adelaide and including flights from North America, this two-week trip is the perfect introduction to a different side of Australia, or the ideal second trip for someone who's already seen the famous landmarks.
    Duration:
    14 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,749
    Trip Type:
    Air & Land Inclusive Getaways
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Downunder Farmstay: Melbourne Region

    Head into rural Victoria and get a feel for the land with a farm stay outside Melbourne. Escape from the bustle of the city in order to spend some relaxing time in the country milking cows, planting trees, and learning about how to care for the land from generations of farmers.
    Duration:
    2 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 214
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Independent Travel Modules, Locally Escorted Tours
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Grand Southern Discovery (7 Days from Adelaide to Melbourne): First Choice Escorted Vacation

    Enjoy seven days touring some of the best of Southern Australia. Discover the Great Ocean Road before visits to Coonawarra and Adelaide followed by the unique wildlife of Kangaroo Island.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,315
    Trip Type:
    Locally Escorted Tours, Motorcoach Tours, Single Friendly
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Great Aussie Outdoors

    Australia’s south east corner is a fascinating blend of history, scenery and wildlife. Explore the best of three states on this unforgettable and highly educational journey.
    Duration:
    13 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,251
    Trip Type:
    Family Vacations
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Great Barrier Reef, Wildlife and Culture Escape

    You'll enjoy some amazing Aussie experiences on this fantastic vacation. Start with 4 days in the gorgeous Whitsundays, with access to the Great Barrier Reef before heading down to cosmopolitan Melbourne. Fly to Adelaide, gateway to the Barossa Valley Wine Region, and Kangaroo Island, known as a zoo with fences for some amazing wildlife viewing.
    Duration:
    14 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,799
    Trip Type:
    Air & Land Inclusive Getaways
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Great Ocean Road & Wildlife Ecotour

    Melbourne is one of the world’s great cities, but the surrounding area hold some truly unique Australian adventures. Spot kangaroos and koalas in the wild, and drive the Great Ocean Road, staying at local bed and breakfasts along the way.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,169
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Great Ocean Walk

    The Twelve Apostles Walk is a stunning, lodge accommodated, guided walk that covers 55kms over 4 days including moderate to challenging terrain with views of the iconic Twelve Apostles.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,874
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Independent Travel Modules
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Icons of Australia

    The Icons of Australia’ is an all-inclusive, fully escorted, premium air journey from Melbourne through the Red Centre of Australia to Cairns. Travel by 50 seater private aircraft and experience the wildlife and spectacular scenery on Kangaroo Island. Stay at Coober Pedy, the fascination mining town. Visit the Outback and the mysterious Ayers Rock followed by a stay in Alice Springs. Finally stay in Cairns and visit the Great Barrier Reef and the Rainforest.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,288
    Trip Type:
    Fully Escorted Touring, Small Group Tours
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Melbourne to Adelaide Self Drive

    The drive from Melbourne to Adelaide is stunning. Enjoy the scenery as you embark on the Great Ocean Road; see the Twelve Apostles, explore Grampians National Park and visit Coonawarra.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 516
    Trip Type:
    Self Drive Road Trip Ideas
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Melbourne to Adelaide Small Group Tour

    Experience the highlights of the famous scenic Great Ocean Road from Melbourne to Adelaide stopping at many iconic sites along the way. Spend two overnights en route at Apollo Bay and Mount Gambier.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,138
    Trip Type:
    Locally Escorted Tours, Small Group Tours
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Melbourne Town

    Enjoy the charming sidewalk cafes and markets of Melbourne’s diverse neighbourhoods. The city is a financial centre, a haven for fine arts, a culinary mecca and a crazed sports capital.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 531
    Trip Type:
    City Breaks/Stopover Ideas, Independent Travel Modules
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Natural Australia

    Experience Australia’s unbeatable natural beauty and wildlife. Drive the Great Ocean Road, visit Kangaroo Island then spend some time in Australia’s largest subtropical rainforest.
    Duration:
    14 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Classic Itineraries, Independent Travel Modules
    Australia See Trip Details
  • New Zealand Voyager Premier Escorted Vacation

    Join this beautiful Premier Escorted Vacation of New Zealand, travelling by luxury coach. Experience Maori culture, cosmopolitan cities, and the pristine wilderness of New Zealand's North and South Islands. Enjoy first class accommodation, sightseeing, Freedom of Choice Dining and Touring options, and the services of a dedicated Tour Director and Driver.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,821
    Trip Type:
    Motorcoach Tours
    New Zealand See Trip Details
  • Outback Adventure: Epic Trip from Melbourne to Darwin (or v.v) for 18 to 39 year olds

    Travel from Sydney via Thredbo Alpine Village and the Nation's Capital, Canberra, then through Melbourne. Sweep along the Great Ocean Road to Grampians National Park and on to south coast of Adelaide. After a day to explore you're off again through the heart of Australia, the Red Centre.
    Duration:
    21 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,778
    Trip Type:
    18 to 30 Somethings, Active & Adventurous, Motorcoach Tours
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Phillip Island & Wildlife Escape

    Phillip Island is a 90-minute drive from Melbourne and home to an astounding array of wildlife, including Australia's largest fur seal colony, the Little Penguins and cuddly koalas.
    Duration:
    2 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 225
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Royal Tourer - Premier Luxury Escorted Vacation

    Embark on a luxury vacation exploring many of New Zealand’s highlights. On this premier tour, you’ll explore Auckland’s twin harbours, engage with Kiwi history in the Bay of Islands, and admire the country’s iconic Mitre Peak at Milford Sound, in addition to exploring other cities and natural landmarks.
    Duration:
    18 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,366
    Trip Type:
    Fully Escorted Touring, Motorcoach Tours
    New Zealand See Trip Details
Trip Finder

What our travelers say

Goway Toolkit


Need help planning your holiday? Our toolkit is a great place to get started.