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ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE The world-famous Great Ocean Road snakes along a coastline unrivalled anywhere else in Australia, home to the dramatic Shipwreck Coast and pockets of lush rainforest. WHERE TO GO FOR ADVENTURE Underwater Victoria offers a rich diversity of marine life that can be observed in shipwrecks and reefs. For the less experienced diver you can snorkel in Port Phillip Bay but for the more advanced, head to the dive centre of Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula. SHOPPING Don’t miss Melbourne’s superb boutique shopping in the Block. Built in the 1890s, it was designed to resemble a fashionable shopping arcade in Milan. DATES FOR THE DIARY Taking pride of place in the calendar is the Formula 1 Grand Prix, to be held in Melbourne on 14-17 March 19 WATER PARADISE The Gippsland Lakes is an expansive network of inland waterways. It’s a lovely place to go for gentle walking trails, and crossing the slim arm of dunes at Ninety Mile Beach.
BEST FOR KIDS Take a day trip to the historic goldrush town of Ballarat. Sovereign Hill is a splendid recreation of frontier life in those days, and kids love the costumes, the underground mine tours and panning for gold. LIVE LIKE THE LOCALS A visit to Australia wouldn’t be complete without watching a local Aussie Rules football match and visiting the spectacular Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). SPLASH OUT Treat yourself to some authentic Moet & Chandon sparkling wine at the Domaine Chandon vineyard in the heart of the Yarra Valley. CULTURE A trip to the theatre in Melbourne is a must. In addition to big- name shows, head down to the Arts Centre and the Malthouse Theatre where you can see local experimental productions. NATURE LOVERS See the penguins on Phillip Island in the wild at dusk with their rather ungainly waddle as they make their way back to their burrows.
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