Getting to know the wild side of the state of Victoria is an easy task. And joyful, too. This big and beautiful natural spot is ripe for exploration. From camping to climbing, swimming to hiking, all these experiences and encounters are on your doorstep, however you decide to explore the region. And from koalas to kangaroos and much, much more, it’s teeming with the charming critters that make Australia such an evocative destination for those looking to get up close to nature.
Spot dragons and dolphins
You don’t have to venture far from the city for the full-blown nature or wildlife experience. The Mornington Peninsula, for example, is an hour’s drive from Melbourne and is celebrated for its unique snorkelling tour where you can spot rare Weedy Sea Dragons as well as the impressive and varied marine life – from dolphins to fur seals – that make their homes around Port Phillip Bay.
A natural paradise at what feels like the end of the world, Wilson’s Promontory National Park – situated at the southernmost tip of mainland Australia – is as dramatic as it sounds. Choose to camp here for the full immersive experience in this Aboriginal cultural landscape or tackle the bushland trails that crisscross the terrain. You’re likely to see emus, kangaroos and wombats above sea level, or dip below with your snorkelling gear to glimpse the incredible inhabitants of Victoria’s largest marine national park.
Hike scenic peaks and lush parks
Hiking in the High Country will take you from scenic lookouts to the highest peaks of the state. One of the most memorable routes, the Razorback, takes you through the Alpine National Park and across a high exposed ridge to Mount Feathertop, the second highest and most picturesque peak in Victoria.
Alternatively, head for Mount Buffalo to spot wildlife – think kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, possums and falcons – as you tread the well-kept walking tracks. It’s not all hardy hiking around here, make time for the epicurean detours to get to know local favourites in the form of family-run wineries and craft breweries or coffee roasters and local food producers, like the gourmet cheese companies that thrive here.
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