Victoria offers a wealth of diverse regional areas and attractions, from sweeping coastline and pristine beaches to national parks and forests teeming with wildlife to wineries, lakes and mountains. If you are intending to migrate to Australia, consider Victoria – you will not be disappointed.
Victoria is located in the south-eastern corner of Australia and is the second smallest state covering 227,600 square kilometres - roughly the size of the British Isles.
Victoria's northern border is the south bank of the Murray River, the river itself being part of New South Wales. It also rests at the southern end of the Great Dividing Range, which stretches along the east coast and terminates west of Ballarat. It is bordered by South Australia to the west, and shares Australian's shortest land border with Tasmania. There is an extensive series of river systems in Victoria owing to its relatively high (relative to the rest of Australia) rainfall.
Victoria has a varied climate despite its small size. It ranges from semi-arid and hot in the north-west, to temperate and cool along the coast. Victoria's main land feature, the Great Dividing Range, produces a cooler, mountain climate in the centre of the state. Melbourne and other large cities are located in this temperate region.
Victoria has a rich natural environment and some of the best scenery in the world - from the desert outback to alpine country, from the Grampian Ranges to the Great Ocean Road, one of the world's most spectacular coastal drives.
Melbourne is Victoria's capital and largest city, with more than 70% of all Victorians living there. Melbourne is set around the shores of Port Phillip Bay. The city itself, laid out in a large rectangle and boasting a lively and cosmopolitan pulse, sits on the northern banks of the Yarra River, about five kilometres from the bay. Melbourne continues to be rated by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) as one of the world's most 'liveable' cities. It is a genuinely international city with a vibrant arts scene, a multicultural population, cosmopolitan cafes, restaurants and pubs, world renowned sporting events and much much more.
With nearly 4 million people, Melbourne is the fashion, food and cultural capital of Australia. The city is renowned for its arts and entertainment with its art galleries, museums, festivals and theatre productions. The city has the largest range of theatre venues in Australia, including the Arts Centre, the State Theatre and the historic Princess and Regent Theatres.
Throughout the year, Victoria hosts jazz, comedy and film festivals, celebrations of food and wine, surfing competitions, air shows, beautiful floral and garden displays, and some of the nation's best sporting events.
Sport is a large part of the culture, be it at country roots level, or at a more elite level. Victoria is the home of Aussie Rules, with 10 of the 16 clubs of the major league based in Victoria, and the traditional Grand Final held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on the last Saturday in September. Victoria is also world famous for its surfing where every Easter, Bells Beach hosts the Rip Curl Pro World Championship. Victorian's also participate in other popular Australian sports like cricket, rugby, tennis and many others.
Victoria has enjoyed 13 years of consistent economic growth and is one of the strongest and most resilient economies in the world, with a AAA credit rating (the highest possible) from both Moody's and Standard and Poor's.The Victorian economy has averaged a 3.9% growth rate over the last 10 years and forecasts see a continuing growth trend with business investment at an all time high.
Victoria's industry capabilities are built on a sound advanced manufacturing base, a world class health sector and vibrant service industry. Innovative and creative talent are the common thread that spans Victoria's industry base providing a constant supply of new business potential.
Victorians benefit from world-class education, combined with a healthy economy, good employment prospects and affordable housing, Victoria has everything you want and need for your future. If you are considering emigration to Australia then Victoria really does offer the ideal lifestyle for everyone.
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