Victoria: Nature-Based

Victoria's highlights are many: Great Ocean Road (comparable to U.S. Route 66), the Grampions' mountain panorama, wine from Yarra Valley, and penguins on Phillip Island.

Victoria in Australia's southeast is the country's most densely populated state. Almost 5.5 million people live here, with most calling the capital city of Melbourne their home - 3.7 million, to be exact. Victoria may be Australia's second-smallest state - it is smaller even than Tasmania -, but its surface area still equals two thirds of the Federal Republic of Germany's territory. The climate is pleasant, ranging from central European to mediterranean. In some areas, such as Mount Buller in the Australian Alps, winter sports are even an option. On Phillip Island near Mornington Peninsula, visitors can observe fairy penguins.

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