Guide to Victoria

Australia’s second-smallest state is home to eleven of the country’s finest golf courses and a diverse array of cultural and scenic attractions.

Explore Melbourne’s landmark cultural spaces, follow the aroma of good coffee down the winding city laneways and watch an AFL game at the MCG. Drink Chandon in the Yarra Valley, drive the cliff-hugging Great Ocean Road and swim with dolphins on Mornington Peninsula. See fairy penguins on Phillip Island, go rock-climbing in the Grampians or relax in a Daylesford health spa. Whether you want to indulge in food and wine, join a capacity sports crowd, immerse yourself in culture or take an outdoor adventure, you’ll be spoilt for choice on your Victorian golfing holiday.

Melbourne - Victoria

The State’s Capital ­– Melbourne

The cosmopolitan capital of Victoria, Melbourne is well known for its friendliness, cultural creativity, sophisticated dining, hidden laneway bars, shopping, nightlife and its proximity to one of the finest stretches of golf in the world – the Melbourne Sandbelt. The city sits on the Yarra River and around the shores of Port Phillip Bay. With a population of around four million people and a bustling events calendar, there is plenty to discover in Melbourne.

The many waves of migration to Australia have shaped Melbourne’s eclectic dining scene, offering an outstanding array of the world’s great cuisines. And with Melbournians’ deeply ingrained coffee culture, visitors are treated to world-class coffee on every corner. As day rolls into night, rooftops, basements and hidden laneways become a playground for the city’s hard workers to unwind.

Australian Rules FootballThe city’s arts scene is overflowing with choice, while shopping is a similarly diverse experience with tiny boutiques and galleries co-existing alongside flagship stores from high profile international and Australian designers.

Named ‘Best Sports City’ in the world at the SportBusiness Sports Event Management Awards in London, Melbourne is home to the Australian Open Tennis Championships, the Formula 1 Grand Prix, the Australian Rules Football Grand Final and Australia’s most famous horse race, the Melbourne Cup. It’s also the only city outside the United States to have twice hosted The Presidents Cup.

Regional Highlights

Discover the diversity and beauty of regional Victoria – from world-class wineries to natural springs, coastal villages to alpine towns. Best of all, many of Victoria’s unique and varied landscapes are easily accessible as day trips from Melbourne.

Combine the best of Europe’s coastal living with traditional Aussie charm on the Mornington Peninsula, just an hour from Melbourne and on the doorstep of the Melbourne Sandbelt courses. Explore the galleries, spas and cafes in breezy seaside villages, or escape to the hinterland for gourmet delights at boutique wineries.

The famous Yarra Valley is the perfect escape for indulgent food and award-winning wine, while south-west of the city, you can make your way along the Great Ocean Road. Drive past waterfalls, iconic surf breaks, national parks, scenic beaches and the rugged Twelve Apostles.

Heading north, the Grampians region is the perfect place to take up an exhilarating challenge or simply relax and unwind outdoors. The region boasts stunning sparkling wine and diverse natural attractions with evidence of our Aboriginal heritage. Alternatively, taste your way around the High Country’s welcoming villages year round, whether Alpine skiing in winter or getting the adrenaline pumping over summer. And on the state’s border with New South Wales, the mighty Murray River gives visitors the chance to unwind and enjoy the region’s balmy weather, renowned slow food, wine, golf courses, sandy beaches and red gum forests.

Golf in Victoria

Celebrated as one of the finest stretches of golf in the world, the Melbourne Sandbelt is home to eight of the country’s finest courses. Located a short drive from Melbourne, it is a must-play destination for the passionate golfer.

The region’s sandy loam subsoil, which allows instant drainage and year round play, inspired Dr Alister MacKenzie to design and build the famous Royal Melbourne West Course, regularly rated Australia’s No. 1 course. This course, along with others in the area, has been host to many memorable championships.

South on the Mornington Peninsula, the champion-designed courses feature sand dunes, ocean views and gnarled moonah forests. Take a swing on the three exceptional courses of the National Golf Club, or the additional two courses at the nearby Moonah Links Golf Club.Try the coastal course in Flinders or enjoy the carnival atmosphere of the Portsea Cascade Pro-Am in January.

You can golf all along the Great Ocean Road, starting with Barwon Heads, Ocean Grove and Queenscliff on the scenic Bellarine Peninsula. Play on the Stuart Appleby-designed course at Torquay or with kangaroos at Anglesea and dramatic ocean scenery at Sorrento and Portsea.

Climate

Despite its small size, the Victorian climate varies across the state – the north is much drier and warmer than the south. Australia’s seasons are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere. While unpredictable at times, the climate can be characterised as warm to hot in summer (December to February), mild in autumn (March to May), cold and damp in winter (June to August), and cool in spring (September to November).

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