The main feature of Western Victoria is diversity.
For nature lovers, there are deserts of the north covered with stunted eucalyptus bushes or wooded hills and coastal landscapes of the south. Creating a sense of the history of the region, the cities of gold prospectors of the XIX century lie in the center, surrounded by resorts with mineral springs that have attracted tourists for more than a hundred years. All the most significant attractions of the territory are located close to each other.
Just as the lifestyle and culture of the Aboriginal tribes of Western Australia were shaped by the diversity of the landscape of the region, so the existence of the first European settlers was inevitably predetermined by the geographical features of the region and the wealth of natural resources.
The discovery of gold was the most important event in Victoria’s economic history, attracting prospectors from all over the world and providing the state with indescribable wealth. Part of the heritage of this period can be seen in the grandiose buildings of the XIX century, still standing in a number of central western cities. Also of interest are the resort towns with mineral springs scattered nearby, which are saturated with their healing waters from the same mineral-rich land.
In the northwest, Victoria’s most agrarian region, the Murray River provides several major cities. This territory is characterized by a Mediterranean climate, thanks to which vineyards and fruit plantations flourish. To the south are the majestic Grampian Mountains. Fortunately, the steep cliffs and steep wooded slopes were unattractive to the “first settlers, and this beautiful area is now preserved as a virgin thicket. Sheep and grain farms were located in part of the eucalyptus-covered region in the north of Western Victoria, but, as in the case of the Grampian Mountains, other settlers were frightened by semi-arid conditions, and large expanses of magnificent desert vegetation remained untouched.
The southwest coast was the site of the first settlement in Victoria. Its cities have developed as ports, thanks to the rich farms inside the country, as well as whaling bases, now closed. In addition to its history, this coastline is famous for its unique natural landscape, dotted with sandstone monoliths, extensive beaches, forests and rugged cliffs.
Western Victoria is replete with recreational opportunities. In the resort towns with mineral springs in the midst of a pleasant rural landscape in the vicinity of Melbourne, you can spend a wonderful weekend. In order to explore all the huge number of historical sights and architectural splendor of the goldfields region, a real research spirit and perseverance are required. Grampians National Park provides an opportunity to travel in the wagons of the first settlers and see the picturesque cliffs and hills overgrown with eucalyptus bushes, vast expanses covered with sand dunes. All cities located along the Murray River have their own history and memorable places, as well as places for tourists and restaurants. The Great Ocean Road is a popular tourist route.