The state of Victoria is located to the south eastern corner of Australia bordered by New South Wales, South Australia and with the Bass Strait ocean stretch between the mainland and Tasmania. Victoria is the second largest populated state in Australia. The discovery of gold in 1850s in locations in and around Ballarat and its neighboring towns led to not only the biggest gold rush in history, but also to the quick development of the region as one of the main economic states.
Victoria has many popular events both local and major international events such as the Australian Open tennis tournament, Melbourne Cup horse racing and Aussie Millions poker tournament. The Melbourne Cricket Ground is known not only for cricket, but also other sporting events such as Australian rules football.
All of the regions in Victoria are diverse as they are unique, providing a great variety of attractions and activities. The capital city itself has many attractions from parks to historic sites to beaches. The Royal Botanic Gardens located in the heart of the city has over 50000 plants of different species with walking trails that can be taken as part of a guided tour. The Melbourne Heritage Walk on the other hand will take you through the historic buildings and sites that have stood since the colonial days and are still showcasing the city life. The Yarra River offers plenty of opportunities for water sports including river cruises, kayak tours and swimming.
Yarra Valley and the Dandenong Ranges region is home to the famous Victorian wineries since the mid 1800s. A cultural venue in the area is the Tarra Warra Museum of Art in Healesville, a privately funded nonprofit art center displaying various pieces of Australian art. The Murray region bordering the Murray River that runs between Victoria and NSW is also famous for its wineries with golf and cycling being two sports that can be enjoyed around the year. South to Melbourne just off the Mornington Peninsular is Phillips Island famous for its penguins.