Why Victoria should be your next walking destination
You think you know Victoria? Think again! Here are some fast facts about the Garden State and why you should make it your next walking destination – if you haven’t already!
Victoria accounts for 3% of Australia’s total land mass making it the smallest mainland state. It has a coastline is 1800km.
Victoria was officially named in 1851, when the area around Port Phillip (now part of Melbourne) became a separate Australian colony. It was named for Queen Victoria, who was the reigning British monarch at that time.
Victoria has four emblems: floral – pink common heath, bird – helmeted honeyeater, animal – Leadbeater’s possum (thought to be extinct from 1909 until 1961 when it was rediscovered) and marine – common seadragon.
The Australian Mint’s Note Printing Branch, located in Melbourne, developed and printed the world’s first plastic banknotes.
Australia’s first traffic lights were installed in Melbourne in 1912 at the corner of Collins and Swanston Street.
Fisherman’s Bend, Port Melbourne is the only place in the world that makes Vegemite.
Reportedly, Flinders Street Station was actually intended for Mumbai and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai was meant for Melbourne, but the plans from the same firm were accidentally switched, resulting in a Gothic style station in India and an East-Indian inspired station in Melbourne!
One of Victoria’s most exciting natural icons is the Great Ocean Road – a 243km stretch of National Heritage listed road that runs along Victoria’s coastline from Torquay to Warrnambool.
However, the best way to experience this magnificent piece of coastline is not by car but by foot on the Great Ocean Walk which showcase the natural features of the ‘Shipwreck Coast’ and the world famous Twelve Apostles.
Fitzroy chocolate makers, MacRobertson’s Steam Confectionery Works invented the Cherry Ripe in 1924, Crunchie in 1929 and the Freddo Frog in 1930 before the company was sold to Cadbury in 1967.
The Victorian town of Ballarat holds claim to the world’s largest alluvial (above ground) gold nugget named ‘The Welcome Stranger’ which weighs approximately 70km!
Melbourne’s tramway system has 244km of track and more than 450 trams making it the fourth largest tramway system in the world and the largest outside of Europe.
Victorian scientist Dr David Warren was the first person to think of and develop the Black Box flight recorder.
The only armed civil rebellion in Australia’s history – the Eureka Stockade – took place in Ballarat, Victoria, on Dec 3rd 1854. Protests about the high license fees people had to pay in order to dig for gold culminated in a battle between the gold miners and troops in which 34 people died.
According to the RSPCA, Melbourne is the fox capital of the world with a startling 6 – 23 foxes per sq km in central Melbourne.
And as with all Life’s An Adventure pack-free, guided walks accomodation is the best the area has to offer and melas are locally sourced and very, very tasty!