Blue is beautiful
Discover the great diversity of aquatic experiences in Victoria.
THINK bright, sparkling blue when you’re in Victoria. It’s the famed Great Ocean Road we are referring to. But that’s not the only gorgeous shade of blue you’ll see in this beautiful Australian state.
Spectacular ocean beaches, wildlife- rich islands, gourmet getaways with easy beach access, water-rimmed wilderness and the best mineral springs in the country welcome visitors. And the best place to kick off your aquatic adventure is in the exciting city of Melbourne!
Whether you’re shopping for designer clothes by the Yarra or swimming by Brighton Beach’s colourful bathhouses, Melbourne offers an edgy yet laid- back ambiance. The Melbourne Arts Centre is by the river, while iconic music venues like the Esplanade or Espy and the Palais are right across the beach in St Kilda.
While in St Kilda, rent a bike and ride the trails behind the beach all the way to the colourful Victorian bathing boxes in Brighton. Alternatively, cruise along the Yarra River from Federation Square and you’ll get close- up views of Melbourne’s famous rowing crews in action.
For a spot of people- watching, stroll along the beach front between St Kilda and Albert Park to take in the roller- bladers, kite- surfers, volleyball players and people in sail boats. You can stop for a drink or a bite at one of the beach- front cafes.
In Victoria, one of the greatest adventures lies along the Great Ocean Road. There is a plethora of surprises at every bend.
Go on a helicopter ride to get scenic views of the majestic limestone stacks called the 12 Apostles. Depending on your choice of flight and how long it takes, you can also get jaw- dropping vistas of the Bay of Islands and London Bridge ( a natural limestone arch), or marvel at the entire Shipwreck Coast, where more than 600 ships have run aground along Bass Strait.
For a more hands- ( nay, foot- on) approach, take the Great Ocean Walk. It passes the tallest cliffs in mainland Australia, plunges into hidden fern forests, and goes past waterfalls cascading down limestone walls, and windswept beaches.
If you prefer, you can also take in the spectacular sights from the comfort of your car. Do a three- day drive from Melbourne to Lorne, Cape Otway and Warrnambool. Then either turn back to Melbourne – roughly a three- hour drive – or continue on to Adelaide via stunning seaside town Robe, and the wine region of the Fleurieu Peninsula.
If you’re in need of real relaxation, Australia’s spa country ( Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges) is the perfect place. Just 80 minutes northwest of Melbourne, this region is full of rolling gum- covered hills, paddocks of sheep and cattle, and small towns dotted with interesting pubs and boutiques.
Spend some time savouring the good life on the Mornington Peninsula. With its valleys of pine trees and acres of vineyards, the peninsula feels like a Mediterranean- style Middle Earth.
We suggest you end your exploration of Victoria at Phillip Island, which is famous for its most diminutive residents: The little penguins. Visitors who come to watch their nightly parade along the beach will discover a serene coastal spot with unspoiled beaches – great for surfing and fishing, and family- friendly outings.
Sourced from tourism Australia. Malaysia Airlines has twice daily/ 14 weekly flights between Kuala Lumpur and Melbourne. For bookings, go to www.malaysiaairlines.com.
Go on a helicopter ride above the Great Ocean road and you’ll see the majestic limestone stacks known as the 12 Apostles. — Tourism Australia