History, nature and culture combine spectacularly in Victoria’s regional heart. For a brief time in the mid-19th century, more than a third of the world’s gold came out of Victoria and, today, the spoils of all that precious metal can be seen in the grand regional cities of Bendigo and Ballarat, and the charming towns of Castlemaine, Kyneton and Maldon. This is a fantastic region for touring, with a range of contrasting landscapes, from pretty countryside and green forests, red earth and granite country, to farmland, orchards and wineries.
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.