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You will love every piece of Victoria, with its own diverse attractions and an amazing range of unique experiences.

Whatever your interest, Victoria has something to suit even the most discerning traveller. The hardest part is deciding where to go first. Best of all, many of Victoria’s unique and varied landscapes are easily accessible as day trips from Melbourne.

From the world-class wineries of the Yarra Valley to the mineral springs of the Macedon Ranges and Spa Country, the coastal villages of the peninsulas to alpine towns in the High Country. Drive along the scenic Great Ocean Road or pull on your walking boots and follow tracks and trails through the Grampians.

Whether it’s shopping, entertainment, sporting events or dining out, Melbourne is a city that has something for everyone. Shop in chic fashion stores, dine in cafés and trendy bars, experience food and film festivals or visit world-famous sporting venues.


Victoria: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Honeysuckle Creek Walking Track


The Honeysuckle Creek Walking Track is the result of a Community Capacity Building Initiative, in which the Violet Town community identified a local area that had developmental potential.

The project took 18 months and saw over 50 community working bee, and 1,600 hours of volunteer work. Ongoing maintenance and planting is completed by a dedicated group of volunteers.

The easy three kilometre circuit takes around 40 minutes to complete, and is suitable for wheelchairs and prams. Keep a lookout for the local wildlife which includes possums, bats, water rat, squirrel gliders and frogs.




Hurt Street
Violet Town, VIC, 3669

Located 8.4K from Victoria

The Heritage Walk - Violet Town


Take a stroll around Violet Town and discover some of the parts that make up the history of this small town.

The Heritage Walk is made up of 18 points of interest, with visitors able to commence the walk at any one of the locations.

Interesting sights along the walk include the War Memorial, Ellen Frances Hotel, the Old National Bank, the former Shire offices, and the original Flour Mill and Butter Factory.

For more information, please visit the website.




Cowslip Street
Violet Town, VIC, 3669

Located 9.0K from Victoria

Benalla Golf Club


Located in North East Victoria, just an easy two hour drive from Melbourne along the Hume Freeway, you can enjoy a challenging 18 hole course with manicured santa anna fairways and grass greens in a peaceful bushland setting at ground for easy walking, carts for hire if you prefer not to walk.

There is abundant wild life with kangaroos lazing on the edges of the fairway on a layout that can test skilled players and encourage novices.

Benalla Golf Club hosts regular competitions with visitors welcome. There are ideal practice facilities and a well stocked Golf shop with clubs, buggies and electric karts available for hire.

There is a full range of club facilities for you to relax and unwind after your game in the comfort of our licensed clubhouse, and enjoy a superb meal in our bistro.

Reasonably priced memberships and green fees.




170 Mansfield Road
Benalla, VIC, 3672

Located 15.4K from Victoria

Reef Hills State Park


A haven for wildlife and native vegetation, Reef Hills State Park near Benalla is a great spot for a picnic, scenic drive, bushwalk, bike ride or horse ride. The park will delight visitors year-round, with wildflowers blooming in spring, wattles flowering in winter and large yellow Guinea-flowers on display most of the year.

The park was worked for reef and alluvial gold in the early 1900s and today prospectors may be still be lucky enough to find gold.

Before you go
Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website.

Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.




Midland Hwy
Benalla, VIC, 3671

Located 15.5K from Victoria

Adventure Playground


The Adventure Playground has been recently redeveloped and now has activities to offer for kids of all ages. Check the out toddler space, rope play, sand play or explore the Hobbit Cave.

Or the favourite to all, go for a slide on the iconic rocket slide.

A great place for an afternoon adventure or just to stretch the legs after the drive.




20 Bridge Street
Benalla, VIC, 3672

Located 16.8K from Victoria

Benalla Botanical Gardens


The Benalla Botanical Gardens were designed and developed in 1886 by Alfred Sangwell and were listed on the Register of the National Estate in 1995. They are significant because much of their original layout remains intact and are notably unusual for their combination of ornamental gardens, with a large oval described as the most picturesque cricket ground in the country.

The Rose Garden, first established in 1959, is an icon in Benalla. Rose fanciers will find a notable collection of modern varieties, including Australian roses, seldom found in public gardens.

Extensive lawns sweep down to Lake Benalla, creating an open parkland beneath the trees, which were part of the original planting. Wide curving pathways meander through beds of shrubs and perennial plantings.

The Gardens connect to the Lake Benalla Walk which traverses 4.2 kilometres of diverse and picturesque landscapes including remnant river red gum forest and the Indigenous Community Gardens.




2A Bridge Street West
Benalla, VIC, 3672

Located 17.3K from Victoria

Benalla Art Gallery


Situated in the heart of Victoria's bushranger country, the Benalla Art Gallery occupies a striking modernist building by the lake.

The Gallery presents a diverse exhibition program spanning 200 years of Australian art including outstanding examples of contemporary and Indigenous art. The Gallery's permanent collection includes wonderful works by Arthur Streeton, Frederick McCubbin, Fred Williams, Sidney Nolan and many other great Australian artists.

The Benalla Art Gallery Cafe overlooks the beautiful Lake Benalla and offers relaxed dining featuring local wines and produce. Enjoy lunch or coffee and cake on the lakeside deck in an atmosphere of great art, good food and memorable views.

Afterwards walk through the historical Benalla Botanical Gardens, view the Weary Dunlop memorial sculpture by Louis Lauman and visit the Benalla Ceramic Mural, featuring work by outstanding ceramists and artists.




Botanic Gardens,
Bridge Street,
P.O Box 227
Benalla, VIC, 3672

Located 17.3K from Victoria

Victoria: Events

Violet Town Market


Violet Town Community Market offers over 200 stalls of fresh produce, arts, crafts, jewellery, wine tastings, plants, tools, furniture and more.

Wander the relaxed market atmosphere of one of Victoria's premier country markets. Fill your basket with fresh bread, tasty cheeses and organic fruits and vegetables.

Relax and enjoy live music, hot food and great coffee.

Founded in 1978 this thriving community market supports local groups and is renowned for its focus on sustainable living principles - remember to bring your own bags

No dogs are permitted at the market - only service dogs allowed.


Event Dates
2017
      8th Jul
      12th Aug
      9th Sep
      14th Oct
      11th Nov
      9th Dec


Tulip Street
Violet Town, VIC, 3669

Located 8.8K from Victoria

The Village Festival


The 2017 Benalla Festival will host the Village Festival on the Lake Benalla foreshore.

The Village Festival is a contemporary multi-arts festival underpinned by dynamic programming, community engagement and distinctive visual design.

The Village Festival takes the form of a series of highly decorated temporary theatre spaces and includes any imaginable art form including music, theatre, dance, film, circus, installations, story telling, puppetry, live art and food.

Fun for the whole family and an event not to be missed.


Event Dates
2017
      11th Nov


Bridge St
Benalla, VIC, 3672

Located 17.3K from Victoria

Victoria: Travel Tips

Benalla Visitor Information Centre


The Benalla Visitor Information Centre is located at 14 Mair Street Benalla, opposite the Benalla Art Gallery on Lake Benalla. It is open from 9am-5pm daily except for Christmas Day.

The Benalla Visitor Centre is staffed by volunteers who can help you enjoy Benalla, with advice on attractions and accommodation.

The building also houses the Costume and Kelly Museum which has a small entry fee. The Museum has an excellent display of Ned Kelly memorabilia, including the Green silk sash Ned was wearing when he was captured in 1880 during the siege at Glenrowan. This is displayed in an original police cell that was in use during the reign of the Kelly Gang. A well produced video can be viewed as part of the Kelly display.

Local sons Weary Dunlop and Captain Hector 'Hec' Waller are fondly remembered in a display of some of their war time items. Costumes from different eras are also exhibited.

Ned Kelly, Weary Dunlop and Benalla souvenirs are also available.




14 Mair Street
Benalla, VIC, 3672

Located 17.5K from Victoria

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