Five spots to explore in regional Victoria
Located at the western end of the Great Ocean Road, just past the Twelve Apostles, this small town 230 kilometres south-west of Melbourne has a decent shopping strip is an attractive place to explore.
It features walking tracks along steep rugged cliffs overlooking white beaches and the wild Southern Ocean.
Known in recent years for its annual Garlic Festival, the tree-lined main street of Meeniyan, which sits 150 kilometres south-east of Melbourne, has quaint old shops and some excellent cafes and restaurants.
It’s well situated within easy drives of the South Gippsland coast, Phillip Island and Wilsons Promontory.
Sitting at the foothills of the Alpine National Park, 283 kilometres north of Melbourne, the King Valley is popular with the foodie set while its La Dolce Vita festival and Prosecco wines also lure visitors.
It’s also known for its camping spots, hiking trails and fishing.
This charming village 307 kilometres north of Melbourne has a burgeoning local creative arts and culture scene.
Full of 19th century shops and houses, set amid rolling hills and with a fascinating Goldfields history, it makes the perfect base for exploring nearby towns such as Beechworth and Tallangatta.
Benjamin is a state political reporter
Carolyn Webb is a reporter for The Age.