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Melbourne, Great Ocean Road & Victoria

A mecca for foodies, bon viveurs, nature lovers, photographers…

Victoria is small by Australian standards; ‘only’ about the size of the British Isles. But – rather like the UK – what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in terms of importance. And diversity. And culture. And sensational experiences.

Being smaller is actually a big advantage for you, as a visitor. It means you spend less time travelling between destinations, and more time in them – immersing yourself in whatever is going on. In the case of Melbourne, that means world class restaurants, a buzzing night market with phenomenal street food and architecture that ranges from quaint, traditional tin-roofed houses to soaring office buildings. Even the streets have a story. When the city was originally laid out, the planners couldn’t agree on wide, handsome boulevards, or tiny, twisting lanes. The result? The city now benefits from a rich mix of both.

But tear yourself away; Victoria has other treasures. Drive along the Great Ocean Road as part of your luxury, tailor-made holiday to Australia and you’ll find yourself snaking between mighty cliffs and the ocean, through rainforests, past historic shipwreck sites and the Twelve Apostles towards the Grampians National Park. Here you’ll find 160 km of walking trails leading through ruggedly beautiful countryside. Or you might try a visit to Philip Island – home to the Australia Grand Prix for motorcycles, and a nature park with irresistible little penguins. Then there’s the Yarra Valley with its even-more-irresistible world class wines and stunning countryside.

View our Telegraph Travel Award Prize for Victoria here>>

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  • It has been wonderful to discover that there remain places like this in the world, where one can find peace amid wild nature. This has been the highlight of our stay in Colombia and we look forward to telling our friends about it.

    ZA, Colombia, 2014