Welcome to What’s On Victoria, your one stop for information about events in Victoria.Victoria is the second most populated state in Australia and about 75% of the population lives in Melbourne, the capital city.
Victoria was named after Queen Victoria and calls itself the ‘Garden State’, a reference to the rolling green hills and valleys which make up the majority of the state. Varied in scenery, it is surrounded by water on 3 sides. To the north the mighty River Murray makes up the bulk of its border to New South Wales, while to the east and south, the Tasman Sea, Bass Strait, and the Southern Ocean have carved out a spectacular coastline which varies from golden beaches to stark outcrops such as the Port Campbell National Park. Also in the north is the Alpine National Park, a skiing area which offers winter sports from around June to August, and mountain-climbing and exploration throughout the rest of the year.
- Australian Open: Tennis Grand Slam Event.
- Boxing Day Test: Test match played between Australian national cricket team and another country starting on boxing day.
- Grand Prix: F1 Race held in Melbourne.
- Melbourne Cup: Horse Racing Event.
- Melbourne Fashion Festival: Annual Fashion Event.
- Melbourne International Comedy Festival: Australia’s biggest cultural event.
- Presidents Cup: Biannual golf tournament.
- According to the RSPCA, Melbourne is the “Fox Capital” of the western world, with 6-23 foxes every square kilometer in the metropolitan area.
- ‘The Story of the Ned Kelly Gang’, made in Melbourne in 1906, is recognized as the first feature film of the world, running to five reels.
- The first traffic lights of Australia were installed in Melbourne, on the Collins and Swanston Streets intersection.
- The largest stained glass ceiling of the world is in Melbourne, at ‘The National Gallery of Victoria’.
- Melbourne served as the home of the Australian parliament for 26 years.