Road trip through Victoria
Victoria is a state with many different faces, the weather can be unpredictable and the seasons tend to dictate where and when it’s best to visit certain areas.
If you’re heading there in summer, I suggest the Mornington Peninsula. Here you can indulge in wineries, markets and beaches.
During autumn, crowds flock to Bright, a little town in the Ovens Valley about three hours drive from Melbourne. It’s well known for the Autumn Festival, which celebrates the spectacular displays of colour as the leaves of the golden ash and liquidambar trees change and fall.
Daylesford and surrounding areas of the Macedon Ranges make for a lovely few days away from the hustle and bustle of the city during winter. A little over an hour’s drive through small country towns and you will arrive in this region well known for its mineral springs, local produce, quaint galleries and myriad accommodation with open fires.
Alternatively, the Great Ocean Road is one of those must-do drives during spring or any time of the year. Overall the drive is 664km, which is perfect for a week-long adventure.
Begin in Victoria’s surf capital Torquay (about one hour from Melbourne) and spend the day wandering through the Surf World Museum, along the Surf Coast Walk and exploring the cafes.
Then make your way through the seaside village of Anglesea and Aireys Inlet, to perhaps spend a night in Lorne. While there, take in Erskine Falls, the Cumberland River Walk plus the Sheoak Falls and Swallow Cave, where you may see these birds nesting.
Make your way through the pretty coastal towns of Princetown and Port Campbell, before arriving at the visitor facility of the Twelve Apostles. I recommend braving the brisk air and being there for either sunrise or sunset, for excellent photo opportunities.
Stop in Warrnambool to visit the Maritime Museum and village at Flagstaff Hill, then continue on another 15 minutes drive to the historic fishing port of Port Fairy.
Spend a couple of days exploring this area, it’s full of old cottages, stone churches, boutiques and antique stores. There’s loads of art and craft inside an extinct volcano is great for a wander, you will easily see kangaroo, emu, koalas and plenty of waterbirds.
Disabled facilities on cruises
to Kangaroo Island or the three-night comedy-themed cruise may suit. All P&O ships have some wheelchairaccessible cabins and there are limited-mobility shore tours available in some ports.
These shore tours and the cabins for both companies must be requested at the time of booking.
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CULTURAL MIX: Senado Square is a paved town square in Macau, China, and part of the UNESCO Historic Centre of Macau World Heritage Site. Picture: iStock