The Ultimate Victoria Bucket List

You haven’t truly “done” Australia’s state of Victoria unless you’ve done these 100 experiences.

#60 - Visit The Old Treasury Building

Where is it? 20 Spring St, East Melbourne, VIC

One of the most eye-catching pieces of architecture you'll come across when exploring Melbourne city, the Old Treasury Building dates back to the 1850's, and its impressive sandstone facade serves as a keen reminder of the differences between colonial and modern construction techniques. While historically built to house the state's gold vaults, today it functions largely as a museum showcasing a permanent exhibition featuring a number of key documents and artefacts from the Victorian Public Record Office. Visitors can view the original gold vaults, find out detailed information about the Victorian Gold Rush, gain additional background on Ned Kelly and much more. Given that it's entirely free, the Old Treasury Building also ranks as one of Melbourne's best things to do on rainy days for first-time visitors.

#59 - Go underground at Central Deborah Gold Mine

Where is it? 76 Violet Street, Bendigo, VIC

If you’re after an educational experience where you can both get your hands dirty and learn a little more about Australia’s rich mining history, then Central Deborah Gold Mine is one to add to the top of your Victorian bucket list. Take the opportunity to explore the hidden underground tunnels of one of Bendigo’s oldest mines dating back to the 1900’s. With three different tours on offer explorers can delve to a maximum depth of 228 metres underground into complete darkness in Australia’s deepest mining experience, putting their skills to the test to see if they have what it takes to be a successful gold miner. Don your hard hats and overalls then climb and fossick your way through the history-rich mines, and you'll come away with a whole new level of appreciation for the hardships miners of the period faced.

#58 - Go whitewater rafting on the Mitta Mitta River

Where is it? 80 Bond Road, Nariel Valley, VIC

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While it may not have the reputation as a whitewater rafting hotspot that some of Australia's other states do, Victoria offers a quality aquatic experience for rafting enthusiasts at the Mitta Mitta River in the state's alpine district. Both the upper and lower portions of the river are raftable - with the upper section best in winter/spring and the lower utilised during summer - and local operator Rafting Australia offer rafting trips in both of these periods. Getting to the departure point requires a substantial multi-hour drive from Melbourne, but the return is well worth it, as the combination of scenery and thrills in this pristine alpine region make for a memorable rafting locale. The Mitta Mitta's rapids range in intensity from grades 1 (in the lower reaches) to 4 at its most intense, and with safety put paramount by the friendly and knowledgeable guides, it's an experience in which anyone with a sense of adventure can take part and enjoy. Image credit: Mark Watson via Tourism Victoria

#57 - View the street art at at Hosier Lane

Where is it? Hosier Lane, Melbourne, VIC

If there ever was an example of how graffiti can truly be classified as an artform, Melbourne's Hosier Lane is it. Located at the southern end of central Melbourne just across from Federation Square, this ever-changing laneway is the embodiment of sophisticated urban art presented in a refreshing way that differs from the standard, stale museum environment. The street art on Hosier Lane features layer upon layer of expression that is often political in nature, yet always stimulating, with vibrant colours that makes for a wonderful backdrop while posing for photos. In all, it's a display of innovative talent that turns what might otherwise be an uninspiring back city alleyway into one of Melbourne's best examples of purposeful graffiti done with flair. Be sure to take your camera (phone)!

#56 - Witness the grace of The Australian Ballet

Where is it? 2 Kavanagh Street Southbank, VIC

Not simply for those who are fans of dance, but also anyone who can appreciate skilled movement and creativity, the Australian Ballet is a captivating display of talent that brings along with it a high standard of choreography. Melbourne's branch of the institution runs from the Arts Centre and continues the trend of providing viewers with a blend of wonderful costumes, scenery and music across the board, with a variety of themed shows performed throughout the annual ballet season. The Australian Ballet's performances intermingle traditional ballet with the contemporary, and 2016's schedule embodies this with upcoming shows featuring bills Vitesse, Coppelia, and all-time classic Swan Lake. For the epitome of grace, be sure to add a night at the Australian Ballet to your bucket list. Image credit: The Australian Ballet

#55 - Fun and learning at the Scienceworks

Where is it? 2 Booker St, Spotswood, VIC

Who ever said that education can't be fun? The Scienceworks just outside the CBD of Melbourne takes the concept of going "hands-on" with the learning process to an extra level of involvement, utilising a number of practical examples to explain simple concepts of science to kids and the uninformed alike. All the pressing buttons, pulling levers and watching live demonstrations that the attraction offers bring along with them a principle conveyed, or a scientific purpose behind it, from the amazing "lightning room" display to the Alice-in-Wonderland-inspired "rabbit hole" to the temporary exhibits which are continually changing. Kids (both actual and those-at-heart) will find innumerable ways to occupy their mind for several hours here, making it one of Victoria's top attractions that parents can take children to without feeling guilty for doing so - and may even kindle their love of science from an early age.

#54 - Swim with Weedy Sea Dragons

Where is it? 3755 Point Nepean Rd, Portsea, VIC

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These rare, delicate and unusual creatures that are cousins of the seahorse can be found in the waters of Port Phillip Bay and are named after the weed-like tendrils on their bodies. Those wanting to get up close with their fragile yet beautiful forms can head to Portsea on the Mornington Peninsula with tour operators BayPlay, don snorkel or scuba gear, and head out in search of the elusive creatures while having some fun in the water to boot. The pier at Portsea is a focal point for a gathering of marine life, and while the Weedy Sea Dragons are the major highlight, other interesting ocean-dwellers such as nudibranches, octopus and seahorses can also be spotted. Given the Sea Dragon's tendencies to stay low in the water, they can often be hard to spot; however their unmistakeable shape/colouration combination makes them easy to recognise and a great subject for underwater photography.

#53 - Shop at Dandenong Market

Where is it? 40 Cleeland St, Dandenong, VIC

This large, long-running and comprehensive market in the Dandenongs is an institution in the region that has been providing fresh produce and handcrafted goods for nearly 150 years, and is an easy to recommend go-to place for those hunting for an everyday bargain. It all starts with a wide selection of incredibly fresh fruits and vegetables, but that's only scratching the surface of what Dandenong Market offers - all the multiculturalism of the greater Melbourne area is on full display here, and the cuisines of the world come along with it, whether it be purchasing a piping-hot tandoori pie, tasty Spanish paella or straight-from-the-oven Dutch pastries. There are also numerous spots to purchase clothing and accessories, get a new battery for your watch, or grab a new pair of ugg-boots. Diversity is the name of the game at Dandenong Market; a well-laid out hub of commerce with plenty of parking to boot.

#52 - Snowy Fun at Falls Creek Alpine Resort

Where is it? Mount Beauty, VIC

A white wonderland by winter, and an outdoor adventurer's dream by summer, Falls Creek Alpine Resort offers visitors the best of both worlds throughout the year. A quality snow sport destination in Victoria that benefits from regular and reliable snowfall each year, the resort is equipped with a number of different slopes of varying difficulty, as well as activities for the kids and all the usual favourites such as tobogganing. If travelling in summer, visitors can likewise take advantage of the rugged terrain available in the warmer months, making it a destination suitable for hiking high country trails, mountain bike riding, and exploring cross-country tracks. Falls Creek Alpine Resort is a great family mountain that's easily accessible via a scenic drive from Melbourne, with roads that are well surfaced and not too windy. Add in relatively short wait times for lifts compared to bigger winter sport destinations - particularly during mid-week - and enough high-level black runs to keep the advanced happy, and all your snow requirements will be fulfilled here.

#51 - Diverse Wildlife at Melbourne Zoo

Where is it? Elliott Ave, Parkville, VIC

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Standing as a world-class wildlife attraction that is the result of both a huge amount of love and a large investment of money, Melbourne Zoo sits within easy reach of the majority of accommodation in the Melbourne CBD only 4km from the Melbourne city centre. Australia's oldest zoo features a robust lineup of international animal species, and is divided up into various “regions” of animals reflecting their respective worldwide locations; elephants, orangutans, lions and more can all be found here, and they're all given ample space in which to feel comfortable and move about. Set within a comfortable and scenic botanic garden setting, the zoo provides a relaxing atmosphere with a variety of landscapes, from the Victorian-era formality of the main drive to the lush jungles of the Asian and African rainforest areas. It's a convenient attraction close to most accommodation that's an essential visit for families in Melbourne.

Victoria MapVictoria may be Australia’s second-smallest state, however it’s also one of the most densely packed territories in Oz as far as depth and breadth of experiences are concerned; the state boasts immense variety and blends together wonderfully the coastal, verdant, cosmopolitan and architectural all together into an easily navigable package that’s a joy to explore.

Its relatively compact size means that travellers to Victoria can take in a wide array of visual and gastronomic delights within a relatively short timeframe, and while many may choose to initially use lovely capital Melbourne as a base for exploration, there are also plenty of more options for custom adventures that reveal some of the state’s more hidden delights.

All the character and artistry of Melbourne – one of the world’s most liveable cities and a true culinary and sporting hotbed – are an obvious drawcard, and numerous items on this Victoria bucket list can be found within and just outside the city’s limits. However stepping outside its borders soon reveals that the state is no mere one-trick-pony; heading in all of north, east and west will provide an impressive showcase of the experiences that make Victoria great.

Want to indulge the palate with quality wine and delicious produce? Go for it. After an incredible scenic road trip that ranks amongst the best in the world? Start your engines. A culture and history buff who wants to soak in Aussie and international attractions? Check.

The diversity that Victoria has to offer is reflected in its people, food, scenery and culture – and on this bucket list we hand-pick the 100 that we feel best sums the state up best.

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