As Chief Operating Officer for Accor Pacific, Simon McGrath knows a thing or two about travel. Passionate about hospitality and travel experiences within Australia and the Pacific region, Simon has put together a list of his 'top 7 wonders' in Victoria, sure to spark some planning for that dream holiday in your own backyard.
This timeless coastal town has been a favourite of mine for many years. The smell of the giant eucalyptus trees, eating fish and chips on the beach and exploring the rock pool’s – I can’t wait to get back there.
On the southernmost tip of mainland Australia, this stunning remote coastal area has great hiking, an abundance of native wildlife and pristine white sandy (and squeaky!) beaches.
Within a few hours’ drive of Melbourne, the views, wineries and vineyards of Red Hill are delightful. Meandering around the treasures of Red Hill is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon in the company of friends and family.
When I stay in Melbourne I like to walk from Port Melbourne up to St Kilda along the bay. There are a number of spectacular restaurants in the city, and my personal favourite is Cicciolina in St Kilda. Their blue swimmer crab and lemon soufflé is a true wonder of Victoria!
Located in rural Victoria, this impressive sanctuary for native animals is set in natural bushland and has wallabies, kangaroos, wombats, platypus and dingoes. It is a great experience for grown up and children alike.
The magnificence of the Otways is a sight to behold no matter what the season, and the bewitching waterfalls of the Otways are a true wonder of Victoria.
The quintessential wine region of Victoria, a must visit for anyone exploring their own back yard. I have celebrated many memorable birthdays and occasions in the Yarra Valley.
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