Victoria is the second most-populated state in Australia with over 6 million people living in the locality. Melbourne is by far the biggest city in the state but other notable dwellings include Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo. Other than the major city the state is home notable attractions like the Great Ocean Road, Phillip Island and the vineyards of Yarra Valley.
The state is geographically diverse with the south celebrating coasts meeting the Indian Ocean, the Tasman Sea and the Bass Strait. The west and north of Victoria is rich with national parks; while the east is home to the Australian Alps including Mount Bogong.
Contemporary Victoria is celebrated for being a hub of culture; with Australia’s art scene often thriving from the state and Melbourne becoming famous for high-end coffee. It has used this cultural trade to rejuvenate and retain its economical stature within Australia.
Notable events in the history of the state include the discover of gold in Warranyte in 1851, the opening of the Federal Parliament in 1901 and the opening of the Arts Centre in Melbourne in 1968.