The Ultimate Victoria Bucket List

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

#70 - Take the kids to Funfields

Where is it? 2365 Plenty Rd, Whittlesea, VIC

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This hybrid water/amusement situated in Whittlesea around 40 minutes' drive to the north of the Melbourne CBD park offers a blend of both wet and dry activities that provides both entertainment and some welcome relief on hot days. This is a family-friendly park that's more suitable for younger children and laid-back parents as opposed to ultimate adrenaline seekers, being on a smaller scale for both park and ride size, however what it does it does extremely well. Ride offerings and experiences at Funfields range from mini golf and carousels for the younger ones, right through to some more thrilling water slides for the older ones and water play equipment for smaller kids that are still looking to cool off. Funfields also offers plenty of large, shaded grass areas for relaxing and enjoying a meal - visitors are free to bring their own food, and BBQ areas are available for cooking up lunch. This is an attraction that kids will love, but it's advised to visit on weekdays or outside school holidays to get the most out of your experience if possible.

#69 - Visit Cape Otway Lightstation

Where is it? Cape Otway, Great Ocean Road, VIC

The Cape Otway Lightstation has long played a crucial role for those navigating the ominously-named "Shipwreck Coast" of Victoria, with the station's lighthouse having been in operation for over 150 years before being decommissioned in 1994. Its historical significance remains to this day, however, and its location perched in an extremely photogenic location on the sea cliffs makes it another essential stop when travelling the Great Ocean Road offering outstanding views from the top. Adding to the physical beauty of the lighthouse and its surrounds is the area's cultural significance, as the Lightstation is home to not just the lighthouse but several other interesting historic structures as well - of particular note is its Indigenous Cultural Centre that provides insight on the local Aboriginal inhabitants of this part of Cape Otway. Visitors to the lightstation can garner additional insight from the indigenous guides on hand who are happy to go into great detail about their culture as well as provide hands-on experiences such as playing a didgeridoo, throwing a spear, or trying their hand at clapping sticks around a campfire. Image credit: Graham Scheer via Tourism Victoria

#68 - Take a ride on the Diamond Valley Railway

Where is it? 570 Main Rd, Eltham, VIC

Victoria is home to a number of excellent scenic train rides, however one of its more unique experiences comes courtesy of the Diamond Valley Railway - a miniature, passenger-carrying train ride through some lovely Yarra Valley parkland all made possible by the tireless efforts of its passionate volunteers. Set amongst a serene, leafy environment, the railway takes riders on a 2 kilometre journey that fits in a surprising amount of variation in its relatively short trip - the train follows a course that passes through tunnels, crosses bridges and makes its way up and down hills. The trains themselves are wonderful to behold, and faithful replicas of their full-sized counterparts that younger children will be talking about for long after you've ridden. There's also a playground and picnic area - as well as occasional horse riding - on offer nearby, and combined with the inexpensive $3 fee for the train ride makes for a great-value family day out.

#67 - See the NYE fireworks at Federation Square

Where is it? Corner Swanston St & Flinders St, Melbourne VIC

Federation Square is to Melbourne what Sydney Harbour is to Sydney; it's the figurative social "hub" of the city, and as such it also serves as the main locale from which to take in the annual New Year's Eve fireworks display in Victoria's capital. Each year as the NYE festivities approach, "Fed square" is transformed into an innovative and colourful display of light, music and sound that's reflective of Melbourne's artistic disposition and which carries over to the midnight fireworks themselves. While there's the inevitable crowding issues that come with public events such as this, Melbourne's efficient public transport system makes getting both to and from Federation Square during New Year's a little more feasible than in its northern brother, and the sheer buzz of experiencing the celebration here makes the effort well worth it - at least once. Image credit: Paul Walker via Tourism Victoria

#66 - Cruise the Yarra River

Where is it? Corner Swanston St & Flinders St, Melbourne VIC

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The Yarra River which runs through the heart of Melbourne provides visitors with an alternative vantage point from which to sightsee. Travellers can cruise through the heart of Melbourne city on a boat cruise with Melbourne River Cruises taking in views of the CBD and skyline, or venture out further to the Docklands precinct to showcase more of Melbourne's diversity. Cruising the city in the evening, meanwhile, brings along with it the chance to be serenaded by the city's bright lights glittering off the water, or enjoying a meal along the way. Regardless of your cruise itinerary, you'll witness sights not viewable by foot as you make your way down the iconic waterway that has played such a key role in the development of one of Oz's largest cities. Image credit: Mark Chew via Tourism Victoria

#65 - Amazing views atop Teddy's Lookout

Where is it? Teddy's Lookout, Lorne, VIC

With sweeping views of the breathtaking Great Ocean Road Coastline in one direction, and scenery of the hinterland in the opposite, Teddy’s Lookout and walking track is widely considered the one of the top locations for taking in the region's famed coastal panorama. Easily reachable just a short distance from Lorne, visitors can make their way up the newly-constructed walkway and be mesmerized by surf breaking into the mouth of Saint George River or gaze out from the lower platform onto a wonderful landscape of fern covered valleys, mountainous peaks and gorges. Take in all the magnificent sights along the 1.6km walking track before reaching your final destination - the Teddy’s Lookout rotunda, with a history dating back to the 1880’s. If you’re after an even more spectacular show, try to time your visit to this lookout at sunrise or sunset for a truly memorable tableau of the bay and beyond that adds an additional layer of romance to the proceedings. Image credit: XM2 via Tourism Victoria

#64 - Try a drop at Little Creatures Brewery at Geelong

Where is it? 221 Swanston St, Geelong, VIC

Australia has seen a relative explosion of quality boutique beers and brews spring onto the scene in the past two decades, but few have scaled so well into mass production as Little Creatures - a testament both to its management and its taste. While it originated in Western Australia, the Victorian brewing branch of Little Creatures that resides in Geelong does a solid job of carrying the company's card on the east coast, offering the same characteristic blend of awesome drinks, tasty yet simple alternative food and solid service. A relaxing place to enjoy a refreshing boutique beer that also provides a solid selection of meals, this former mill-turned-brewery gives guests a relaxed and friendly atmosphere within a historic industrial site. Guided tours of the brewery that detail its history and the brewing process are also available for a dose of additional insight.

#63 - McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park

Where is it? 390 McClelland Dr, Langwarrin, VIC

Featuring extensive, well-kept grounds that contain over 100 individual sculptures in total, the McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park is a fantastic community resource spread out over 16 hectares work of parkland on the Mornington Peninsula. The showcase of outdoor art is impressive in scale, featuring sculptures of a range of types, shapes and forms - as well as periods of origin - dating all the way back to the late 1800's, and offers a pleasantly green environment in which to stroll around and make new discoveries. Many of the sculptures are interactive rather than purely static - including a labyrinth - and are wonderfully presented, showing off the talents of their respective artists. There's also a section of the park dedicated for kids, and there's a great sense of discovery in general throughout in anticipation of what will be awaiting around the next turn that children will enjoy. Come for a walk, stay for a picnic, and all for a donation-optional entry price. Image credit: Pieces of Victoria

#62 - Polly Woodside Tall Ship

Where is it? South Wharf, Melbourne, VIC

Moored at Melbourne's South Wharf, the Polly Woodside Tall Ship now serves as an explorable relic after having participated in 1.5 million kilometres' worth of sailing around the globe during its lifetime. Built back in 1885, and then used as a coal ship following World War 2, this impressive piece of maritime history is a beautifully-restored example of the naval craftsmanship as of the day and is also filled with memorabilia and artefacts that are outlined in detail by the ship's current guides, and also from a short video presented in its neighbouring museum. Kids are given particular attention on the Polly Woodside as there's an emphasis put on interaction that will bring out their inner pirate; the little ones can take part in a treasure hunt, play a tug-of-war, scrub the deck, or take part in dedicated "Pirate Parties" on special occasions. While it's not a particularly big ship by period standards, it does a great job of conveying the core elements of life at sea during its era - the monotony, the bland food, and the ever-present danger of wood-and-sail naval navigation.

#61 - See the "real" Ramsey Street on a Neighbours Tour

Where is it? 570 Flinders St, Melbourne, VIC

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The fictional base for iconic and long-running Australian TV series Neighbours, "Ramsay Street" is actually set in Pinoak Court to the south of Melbourne city. As a cultural institution that has played on Aussie television sets for decades and featured numerous memorable moments, many residents of Oz who grew up in the 80's and 90's will feel a wave of nostalgia upon recognising many of the houses that populate the street. Those who have a particular passion for all-things-Neighbours can take part in in-depth tours that allow participants to wander the street and visit shooting locations for many iconic TV sets including the coffee shop, the garage, the watering hole and more while getting a meet-and-greet with one of the show's stars and the chance to ask all the questions you've ever wanted answered. Plus, be sure to pose for a photo holding the Ramsay Street sign!

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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