Victoria is situated on the south east part of Australia. It is the second smallest state in Australia covering an area of 237,659 sq kms whereas it is the second highest in population 6,594,804 (2019). This state the highest in density of population which is 29/sq km. Most of the population is concentrated in the Port Phillip Bay area which includes Melbourne, the state capital and largest city in Victoria and second largest in Australia.
Victoria has 38 seats in House of Representatives and 12 seats in the Australian Senate. The Parliament of Victoria consists of the Legislative Assembly (the lower house) and the Legislative Council (the upper house). Daniel Andrews is the premier, has governed Victoria since 2014. The Governor of Victoria - Linda Dessau is the Queen’s representative since 2015. Victoria is divided into 79 municipal districts which includes 33 cities. There a number of unincorporated areas which the state administers directly.
The Economy of Victoria is very diversified. The key employment sectors are
The Gross State Product for the year 2018-19 is $446 bill which is second in Australia among all states.
Melbourne is called the sports capital of Australia. Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is the largest stadium in Australia and is considered “the spiritual home” of Australian Cricket and Australian Rules football. MCG hosted the 1956 Summer Olympics and the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Melbourne Park – a venue in the Melbourne Sports and Education precinct, hosts the Australian Open which is one of tennis’ 4 grand slam events annually since 1988.
Victoria has 8 world class universities, oldest among which is University of Melbourne set up in 1853.
Melbourne is one the most multi-cultural cities in the world. It is situated on the traditional land of Kulin nation. European settlement started in 1853 and since then different nationalities of people have migrated at different times and have contributed to this city’s growing development and identity. As per World liveability Index 2019, Melbourne is the second most liveable city in the world.
Daylesford and Macedon Ranges is situated among some spectacular forests, natural mineral waters and historic villages. Relax and energize yourselves at the mineral spas, wellness retreats and enjoy the landscapes and galleries. You will set yourself free and inspired by the exquisite food and wine across the region.
Geelong is the second biggest city of Victoria and is the gateway to the Bellarine Peninsula. The Peninsula comprises a collection of towns with the sandy beaches of Port Phillip and the exhilarating ocean waters of Bass Strait. The Peninsula is also an acclaimed food destination with its collection of wineries, breweries, farm gates and dining establishments.
Phillip Island is situated at 140km south-east of Melbourne. With an area of 101 sq km. it forms a natural breakwaters for the shallow western port. It is home to the Penguin parade where on sunset, tropical penguins come ashore on the Summerland beach, the Knobbies which is a viewing site for the largest colony of fur seals in Australia and Phillip Island Circuit which a world class racing circuit for cars and motorcycles.
Mornington Peninsula is located on the south-east of Melbourne. Surrounded by Port Phillip to the west, Western Port to the east and Bass Strait to the south is primarily a local tourist region with popular natural attractions such as the variety of beaches both sheltered and open-sea and many scenic sights and views. This region also has various wineries, mazes and the diverse array of water sports.