Located on the southernmost tip of the Australian mainland, Victoria is a state with a thriving tourism industry, particularly a favourite among Australians from other cities. Once the site of one of the largest gold rushes the world has seen, the population of the state grew rapidly in the mid 19th century, with an influx of prospectors from around the world coming to seek their fortune. Most notably Irish and Chinese prospectors came in large numbers, among the hundreds of thousands who travelled across the world looking for gold.
The arrival of the gold miners, along with large levels of European migrants during World War II, has led Victoria to be a very cosmopolitan state, with a great mixture of cultures, fashion, food and music. In recent decades, a large number of migrants have moved to Victoria from Africa and the Middle East, adding their own elements to this fantastic diversified community. One of the most popular reasons people visit the state, and primarily the capital, Melbourne, is to experience this mixture of cultures and visit the highly regarded restaurants, cafes and shopping strips. Auto Europe offers several pick up locations and a large fleet selection, so finding a car rental in Victoria is both easy and economical.
Victoria is a truly ideal destination for tourists, as most of its attractions can be reached by car, and distances between them are not as long as in other states and do not take as much time. Whether you are flying into either of Melbourne's airports or driving from your home city, your hire car will be the most useful asset on your trip. With depots at the airports, picking up your car couldn't be easier, simply collect your car once you have arrives and off you go. For those who prefer to drive there and back, Auto Europe offers unlimited km with their rentals from most Australian cities, so you would have no worries about how far you drive.
Within Melbourne, you will find an array of attractions awaiting visitors. Notable ones are the Melbourne Zoo, Melbourne Museum, Crown Casino, and the National Gallery of Victoria. To get a bird's eye view of the city, drive your hire car to the Eureka Tower, which is the tallest residential building in the world. The building stands at almost 300 metres in height, with 91 storeys. A recent addition to the building is the Skydeck, which is the highest viewing platform in the southern hemisphere. A great way to see the area from above!
There is much to see in the rest of Victoria also, particularly if you have your own transport such as a rental car. In many parts of the state, you will find historic displays in the places gold was found. There are tours around former gold fields and tales of the early miners. Among the ex-gold mining towns are Ballarat, Bendigo, Castlemaine and Daylesford. Towards the south-east of Victoria, you will find Phillip Island, home to thousands of penguins which can be viewed every night as they return to their nests. North from Melbourne, you can drive to the Southern Alps, where skiing and snowboarding can be enjoyed in winter, as well as bushwalking and hiking in warmer months.
Along the south coast of Victoria, is the famous Great Ocean Road, regarded by many as one of the most scenic drives in the world. Driving your hire car along it is a truly breathtaking experience, as the road hugs the rugged coastline, and passes through several seaside towns and stretches of land where cliffs meet the sea. In particular, the rd is famous for the stretch near the town of Port Cambell, along which you will pass huge stunning rock formations. Many of these are a short walk from the road, so make sure to keep an eye out for signs. The most notable formations are Loch Ard Gorge, The Grotto, London Arch, and the world-famous Twelve Apostles, a series of enormous stacks of limestone which jot up out of the see. Unfortunately, due to erosion only 8 remain today, however seeing them is a must if you are in this part of the world.
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