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Victoria may be Australia's smallest mainland state, but it is rich in environmental diversity, history and scenery. From the mountains to the sea, the rainforest to the deserts, Victoria offers an extensive variety of landscapes, flora and fauna and townships. Visit www.parkweb.vic.gov.au for information on all the national parks in Victoria.

  • Gippsland and Wilson's Promontory – Housing the Gippsland Lakes, Australia's largest inland waterway, and fronting the amazing Ninety Mile Beach, a long stretch of waterbird paradise enclosing lagoons and wetlands. The Lakes are perfect for sailing, fishing and watersports, while the almost-ghost gold town of Walhalla and the maritime village of Port Albert offer a slice of history. Lakes Entrance and Mallacoota Inlet offer more watersports, wildlife and aquatic scenery. Wilson's Promontory is the southernmost tip of the Australian mainland, and a spectacular national park.

  • Ballarat, Bendigo and the Goldfields – The old gold mining towns of Victoria are a history lesson and a trip into the past. Most have restored nineteenth-century buildings lining wide streets built for bullock teams. Sovereign Hill (www.sovereignhill.com.au) is a replica gold-mining town where you can pan for gold, learn about the Eureka Rebellion and the birth of Australia's labour movement and be wowed by Blood on the Southern Cross, a sound-and-light spectacular.

  • The Victorian Alps – The southern ranges of the mountains that form the highest part of Australia, the Alps are mostly national park. Snow-covered in winter, they offer ski opportunities at Falls Creek, Mount Hotham and Dinner Plain. Some roads are closed in the winter (June to September) due to the snow, but horseriding, canoeing, rafting, fishing and mountain-bike riding can be undertaken for most of the year. Bushwalkers must take warm clothing as sudden weather changes are common www.netc.net.au/bushwalking/alpswalk.html

  • Little Desert, Big Desert and Western Victoria – Not really deserts at all, these areas have poor soils and little water, but have nevetheless supported over many millennia an amazing variety of flora and fauna. Spring (September/October) is a good time to visit as the 'desert' is blooming with colourful wildflowers carpeting the ground.

  • The Murray River towns – In a dry land of few rivers, the Murray, perhaps Australia's best-known and most-depended-upon, is actually shorter than its own tributary, the Darling. Rising in the Alps, the Murray forms for much of its length the border between New South Wales and Victoria, before turning south and flowing through South Australia to the Southern Ocean. The old towns of Albury/Wodonga, Echuca, Swan Hill and Mildura seethe with the history of the paddlesteamers and riverboats that plied the waters in the early days of the colony. The Murray is extremely fragile and has a widely varying annual water flow.

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