Apart from its famous cultural capital Melbourne, Victoria is home to beautiful nature spots.
The spring season, which starts from September to November, is no doubt one of the best times to enjoy Victoria’s great outdoors. You can go hiking, walking or glamping in the breezy weather against the spectacular backdrop of flowers in full bloom.
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Take it to the top
There’s nothing like fresh air up in the mountains to invigorate your spirits.
Hike up the Grampians, where you can go on one (or more) of the easy walking trails that will open your eyes to another side of Melbourne. The easily accessible Venus Baths Loop Walk and the Balconies Walk are both on flat terrain and under 2km, making them suitable for all ages.
For a more challenging hike, the Grampians Peak Trails streak across the rugged landscape of the Grampians National Park.
If you are visiting with your significant other, go glamping in the Australian outdoors under themed bell tents in the Halls Gap Lakeside Tourist Park close to the bushland and surrounding mountains. Do note that children are not allowed to stay in the bell tents.
At dawn or dusk, slow down and keep a look out for the park’s wildlife. During dry weather, kangaroos, emus and sometimes cattle are known to wander closer to town in large numbers in search of food and water. The area will also be dusted with wildflowers — a spectacular sight to behold.
Eat, drink and be merry
For wine lovers, Victoria is famous as a wine paradise with 21 wine regions spread across the state.
Join the locals at the Seriously Shiraz Festival in early November. The wine, food and music extravaganza is held over the Melbourne Cup long weekend at the Grampians.
For a more intimate experience of the Great Ocean Road, arm yourself with the 12 Apostles Food Artisans Gourmet Trail Map and travel to the famous Shipwreck Coast.
After you visit the Twelve Apostles and the surrounding sights, go on the 12 Apostles Gourmet Trail, where you can sample gourmet cheeses, single malt whiskies, chocolates, strawberries and more. Be sure to check out Timboon Fine Ice Cream, a premium, all-natural ice cream made with fresh milk from the farm next door.
You can also support local food and wine businesses at the Otways Harvest Trail and experience the beautiful Otway Ranges through its wineries, farm gates and eateries.
In the city, restaurant festival Taste of Melbourne celebrates the city’s diverse foods and cultures at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground’s Yarra Park. Starting from the end of November, it gathers Melbourne’s greatest restaurants, renowned chefs and superb drinks for an annual springtime feast.
Have endless fun at Melbourne’s events and festivals
One of the most spectacular events in Victoria during spring is the Tesselaar Tulip Festival, which will be held at Monbulk Road from Sept 15 to Oct 14, only an hour’s drive from Melbourne city.
Be impressed by the seemingly endless, orderly rows of colourful tulips that form a beautiful backdrop for your holiday photos. The annual event will also feature performances and activities and is quite the hit with locals and visitors alike so purchase your tickets in advance.
If you are eager to check out the local music scene, don’t miss the Melbourne Music Week, happening from Nov 16 to 24 at St Paul’s Cathedral. For 10 days, local and international music acts will perform at the landmark, including a German techno icon, a Montreal club veteran, and a US folk hero.
Art lovers can look forward to the Summer Masterpieces exhibition in the National Gallery of Victoria when summer rolls around in December. It will feature the intriguing works of Dutch graphic artist M.C Escher and Japanese design studio Nendo.
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