History, nature and culture combine spectacularly in Victoria’s regional heart. In the mid-19th century more than a third of the world’s gold came out of Victoria and today the spoils of that brief boom time can be seen in the grand regional cities of Bendigo and Ballarat and the charming towns of Castlemaine, Kyneton and Maldon. Fantastic for touring, the area has landscapes ranging from pretty countryside and green forests to red earth and granite country to farmland, orchards and wineries. The region's also rich in the arts, home to some of the state's finest galleries.
Further west, there’s a different type of history to experience at Grampians National Park, one of Victoria’s great natural wonders. Some 80% of Victoria’s Aboriginal rock-art sites are found here, and the majestic ranges are an adventurer’s paradise, lording it over the idyllic Wartook Valley and the towns of Halls Gap and Dunkeld.