Did you know that Victoria is the most diverse state in Australia? And the landscape is just as diverse as the people, with a choice of sparkling city lights, vast beaches, verdant rainforests, and majestic mountain ranges. Hop in your caravan or pack your tent and get ready to experience Victoria!
Melbourne: world’s most liveable city for 7 years in a row
There’s a reason why Melbourne was voted the most liveable city in the world for 7 consecutive years (2011 – 2017). The iconic street art and eclectic laneways make it a fascinating city to discover. Head to Hosier Lane, Centre Place, AC/DC Lane and of course Duckboard Place to delight in some of the best-known street art in the city. Not to mention the delectable coffee and endless food options…
Try places like Patricia or Dukes to get your caffeine hit before treating your tastebuds to a myriad of flavours. Splurge at restaurants like Chin Chin and Vue de Monde, or if you’re on a tighter budget, then you can indulge at countless other restaurants such as Shujinko, SPQR Pizzeria or ShanDong MaMa. Melbourne hosts the International Comedy Festival (usually in March and April) and is one of only 7 cities in the world to be the official home of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. At any given time, you can enjoy art at the National Gallery of Victoria, the oldest gallery in Australia.
So why not start your Victorian adventure in Australia’s arts capital? BIG4 Melbourne Holiday Park in Coburg offers you caravanning and camping options close to the CBD so that you can explore all that the city has to offer. Or if you’re keen to explore the trendy suburbs north of the Yarra, BIG4 Melbourne Holiday Park is just minutes away from Sydney Road, Coburg and Brunswick’s foodie paradise. Preston Market is also close by for delicious fresh food options. Walking and cycling trails abound in the north, with the Merri Creek Trail being one of the most popular. And of course you can’t miss out on the AFL, so make sure to catch a game at the MCG if you’re visiting between March and September.
Mosey down to the Mornington Peninsula
The Mornington Peninsula provides the perfect getaway after the hustle and bustle of the city. Although it’s just a 90-minute drive from Melbourne, you’ll feel like you’re a world away. Soak up the incredible views from Sorrento Foreshore Camping where you can set up your caravan or tent. The seaside town of Sorrento offers delightful dining options, and you can stretch your legs on the 5km walk to Portsea. This walk, often referred to as the ‘Millionaire’s Walk,’ will give you insight into how the other half lives.
Let the Peninsula Hot Springs provide you with the ultimate relaxation as the hot mineral water washes your troubles away. The springs can get very busy over autumn and summer, so booking in advance is the best way to guarantee your spot. Best of all, your accommodation will be close to the ferry that goes to Queenscliff every hour. Watch the dolphins dancing in the waves as you journey to the Bellarine Peninsula. You can take your caravan onboard with you and continue your travels down Victoria’s iconic Great Ocean Road.
The Great Ocean Road
This 243km road is testament to the strength of the human spirit. Built as a way to create jobs for soldiers returning from WWI, the road took 13 years to complete and it stretches all the way from Torquay to Warrnambool. You’ll definitely want to stop in the gorgeous seaside towns as you wind your way towards the Twelve Apostles. Both Lorne and Apollo Bay have ample dining options. While you’re in Apollo Bay, you obviously need to grab a cone (or two) at Dooley’s Premium Ice Cream. With Aussie classics like Vegemite flavour, what’s not to love? Then continue with a full tummy to the Great Ocean Road Tourist Park in Peterborough. You’ll be in close proximity to all the highlights: London Bridge, Loch Ard Gorge and the Twelve Apostles. And if you time your trip right, you might just see some southern right whales in the winter months!
Phillip Island for the Penguin Parade
Less than 2 and a half hours from Melbourne lies the little penguin haven of Phillip Island. Amaroo Park Phillip Island provides a convenient base to explore both Cowes and the rest of the island. Most visitors flock to the Penguin Parade to watch the largest little penguin colony in the world when they return to their burrows in the evenings after a long day at sea. You’ll need to book tickets from Phillip Island Nature Parks for the evening viewing and there are a range of tickets available for every budget. If you’re seeking other excitement, Phillip Island is also the home of the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix. Make sure you time your visit right to enjoy this event!
Visit the southernmost tip of mainland Australia at Wilsons Prom
One of Victoria’s oldest national parks, Wilsons Promontory National Park is home to more than 30 kinds of mammals and 180 types of birds. Tidal River Campground is the most popular camping and caravanning site in the park, and you’ll need to enter an online ballot system for peak periods. If you’re not keen on leaving your odds up to random selection, then how about booking in at Yanakie Caravan Park? It’s close to the entrance of Wilson’s Prom and has beautiful waterfront views. Make sure you experience Squeaky Beach, Picnic Bay and Whisky Bay while you’re at the Prom. And for absolutely spectacular panoramic views, you can hike up to the top of Mount Oberon.
Let ENGLAON keep you entertained
You’ll definitely need some time to relax and recharge in the evenings, or something to do when Victoria sends some volatile weather your way – and let’s be honest, this can be very frequently. Treat yourself to something special from ENGLAON’s outstanding 12V TV range. You might prefer something compact, or perhaps something a little bigger like our 32″ SMART TV. Enjoy high-quality entertainment on the move!