Travel Planning
Victoria (AU)
Travel Planning
Victoria (AU)

Victoria (AU) at a Glance

Victoria is bustling with activity at all times of year. This smaller, more compact state is easy to navigate and offers everything from beaches, to mountains, to deserts to explore. 

Melbourne is Victoria's largest city and a hub for tourist activity. Join locals on the beach, at the farmers' market or at one of the city's passionately raucous Australian Football League games. Art, music and cuisine run rampant through Melbourne's artsy neighborhoods.

Outside Melbourne, the pace of life slows. Colorful towns decorated with ornate historical buildings hearken back to the 19th century when the gold rush brought money and settlers to the region. Mountain peaks are great for skiing in the winter and offer places to hike, bike, and rock climb during the summer. While the weather can be unpredictable along the coast, miles of sandy beaches, rocky outcroppings and lovely scenery draw swimmers, surfers and photographers. 

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Passport / Visa Requirements

All tourists need a visa to visit Australia with the exception of New Zealand nationals. Contact the Australian Consulate for more information. The U.S State Department website has information to help guide American citizens. 

Need to Know

Severe Weather Victoria has cooler, wetter weather than the rest of Australia. Regions by the coast have mild winters, while the Victorian Alps have cold, snowy winter weather. 

Safety Concerns It is important to stay alert while in Victoria's urban areas. Pick-pocketing, theft, car break-ins and other crimes occur. Don't accept drinks from strangers and don't set yours down anywhere. In the wilderness, avoid snakes and wear insect repellent. Speak with locals to learn about dangerous insects and animals and how to avoid them. 

Health Concerns Ticks, snakes and mosquitoes spread diseases and infections. When spending time outdoors, protect yourself by wearing sturdy shoes and covering your skin. Check for ticks a few times a day if you are hiking. Get immediate medical attention if you receive a snake bite. For travel in remote areas, consider taking a wilderness first aid course. Whenever you are outdoors in a hot climate take steps to prevent heat-related problems by staying cool and well hydrated. 

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