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Home to lively Melbourne, Victoria is one of the most spectacular scuba diving spots in Australia. Islands lie just offshore, boasting waters that are teeming with marine life.

Diving in Victoria

Quick facts

Surprisingly, some of the best dives in Victoria are manmade. There are an abundance of piers that jut out into the blue, creating a shady environment for creatures that crave shelter. Two of the very best dives are Flinders Pier, on Mornington Peninsula, and Rye Pier. Flinders will show you weedy seadragons and seals, as well as huge bull rays. Rye Pier is known for the Octopus’ Garden, well named, with seals and seahorses galore.

Head to some of the awesome shipwrecks in the area, giving Victoria’s shore the name of the Shipwreck Coast. Port Campbell boasts the excellent Lock Ard wreck, where you can see remnants of the life this boat once housed. Bottles and tiles lay scattered around the wreck. This is a great spot to pick up your wreck diving certification.

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What to see

A fantastic array of marine life, both great and small, can be encountered in the waters of Victoria. In stony shorelines you can find plenty of octopi, as well as eels and seahorses. Seals frequent these waters as well, curious and playful. On reefs, you can run across fantastic nudibranchs of a variety of colors.

One of the most oddly beautiful creatures of the deep is the weedy seadragons, excellently camouflaged.

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Area

Down in southeastern Australia, Victoria is the most densely populated state in the entire country, and is the smallest state on the mainland. Melbourne, the second largest city in Australia, is found here.

Aborigines known as Koori once made up the entire population of this region, and it was not until 18788 that Europeans arrived. Sullivan Bay was the region’s first settlement, taking advantage of the useful seaside. A lucky settler struck gold, and the 1850’s and 60’s brought in a flood of people, searching for their own piece of the pie. Melbourne’s population skyrocketed, and the city became the capital of Australia for many years.

The region today is still blossoming, though the economy has taken a hit in recent years. There is a high unemployment rate right now in Victoria, the highest in Australia.

Other attractions

One of the best things to do in all of Australia is to travel on the Great Ocean Road. You will be blown away by the unbelievable seaside, with new creatures and vistas to discover around every twist and turn. In Melbourne, head to the National Gallery of Victoria, where famous artists from around the world come to showcase their art.

Getting there

Depending on where you’re coming from or heading to, Melbourne’s International Airport might be your best bet. To get around, you can take advantage of public transportation, though renting a four wheel drive vehicle is highly recommended for getting to out of the way places.

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