Lauded for its sense of style and elegance, the state capital, Melbourne, boasts glamorous festivals and events, Australia’s best shopping, a lively passion for eating and drinking, and a flourishing interest in the arts. Restored and preserved nineteenth-century architecture, built following the discovery of gold, provides a heady reminder of a prosperous age, while beautifully tended parks and gardens present a therapeutic respite from the pace of city life. From Melbourne, discover the rugged Great Ocean Road, vine-lined Yarra Valley and nearby Macedon Ranges, and the picturesque Mornington Peninsula. Meet fairy penguins on Phillip Island, houseboat down the Murray River and walk the sand of Wilsons Promontory and 90 Mile Beach. Relive the goldrush in Bendigo and High Country towns and hike the ancient landscapes of Grampians National Park.