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Part of Australia's charm is its history. It also makes for some great places to visit! So take a journey down Australia's timeline & see what you can discover, or even learn.



22 September

Melbourne experiences a 5.9 magnitude earthquake, with the epicentre being around the Mansfield area in north-eastern Victoria. The quake's effects were felt as far away as Tasmania and Adelaide.


16 July

Victoria pauses quarantine free travel to New Zealand [Covid-19]


05 July

Victoria permitted to travel to New Zealand provided they hadn't visited a designated hotspot. [Covid-19]


22 June

Victoria regains quarantine-free links to New Zealand. [Covid-19]


25 May

Quarantine free travel from Victoria to New Zealand suspended, following a community cluster in Melbourne.


27 September

The overnight curfew was suspended in Victoria. [Covid-19]


02 August

An overnight curfew was introduced in Victoria [Covid-19]


08 July

Victoria closes it's common border with New South Wales, following a large spike in cases in parts of Melbourne [Covid-19]


02 July

All international arrivals into Melbourne were suspended. [Covid-19]


26 June

Victoria's "second wave" of Covid-19 ended when it recorded zero new cases and zero deaths statewide for the first time since 9 June


20 June

Victoria's first wave of Covid-19 begins


20 June

Victorian Government announced the re-tightening of Covid-19 restrictions on household gatherings following a spike in community transmitted cases over the previous week


07 April

The High Court unanimously quashes Cardinal George Pell's convictions


13 March

The 2020 Australian Grand Prix is cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic


25 January

Australia confirms its first COVID-19 case in Melbourne


07 February

Black Saturday bushfires: Massive bushfires swept across Victoria, resulting in 173 fatalities


15 March

The Commonwealth Games are held in Melbourne.


01 November

Makybe Diva breaks records by winning 3rd consecutive Melbourne Cups


02 September

Victorian Coroner hands down finding that Prime Minister Harold Holt's life was claimed by wild surf at Cheviot Beach in 1967


04 November

Phar Lap wins the Melbourne Cup


01 February

The Red Tuesday bushfires in South Gippsland, Victoria, claimed 12 lives, destroyed over 2,000 buildings, left 2,500 homeless & total area of 260,000 hectares of bushland and farmland destroyed.


24 November

The Victorian Government requires all children to be vaccinated against smallpox within 6 months of work


12 November

New Act to regulate conditions in sweat shops which exploit female & under-age workers


17 December

Free, compulsory & secular education introduced in Victoria


13 June

Royal Mint opened in Melbourne


05 December

Sandhurst, better known as Bendigo, is proclaimed a city. At this time Bendigo was one of the colony's greatest producers of gold since it was first discovered there in 1856.


08 August

Melbourne Town Hall officially opened


10 January

The clipper Thermopylay completed fastest voyage from London to Melbourne, in 64 days.


07 November

First Melbourne Cup


07 August

First organised game of Australian Rules Football in Victoria


03 December

Rebellion of goldminers at Eureka Stockade, Ballarat,VIC


01 July

The separation of the colony of Victoria from New South Wales


12 February

The discovery of gold in New South Wales and Victoria sparked a rush of excitement among prospectors.


06 February

The Black Thursday bushfires. A devastating series of fires that swept the state of Victoria, burning up 5 million hectares (50,000 sq km), about a quarter of the state's area. Twelve human lives were lost.


19 April

Captain Cook aboard the Endeavour sights the Australian coast at Port Hicks, in Victoria
Victoria - Overview
About Victoria

Victoria combines heritage, nature, arts, architecture and class. It has a variety of landscapes from the dry outback, to snowy mountains & lush forests to an inspiring coastline.

River Trading
River Trading

Paddlesteamers are a part of Australia's romantic culture. While an integral part of the Murray transport system, they combined the magic of outback Australia and the River itself.

Woolamai Beach, Phillip Island
Phillip Island Surf

From ultra-blue waves to bright turquoise tides, Woolamai Beach on Phillip Island is the dream destination for beachgoers and surfers alike.

Melbourne's Southbank
Melbourne's Southbank

Southbank is located along 2km of the Yarra River and lined by wide pedestrian promenades offering scenic views of the river and city skyline.


Ballarat is the most significant gold rush boomtown in Australia, which saw the Victorian gold rush of the 1850's transform Ballarat from a small sheep station to a major settlement.

The Twelve Apostles
The Twelve Apostles

The 12 Apostles is one of the most visited natural sites in Australia and this coastline is responsible for the sinking of up to eighty vessels.

Tracks, trails and reserves
Tracks, trails and reserves

When trekking through the Victorian High Country make sure to hit the tracks and trails of national parks and reserves across the High Country.

Ghostly Legends of Luna Park Melbourne
Ghostly Legends of Luna Park Melbourne

Luna Park, Melbourne's iconic amusement park, is a place of laughter and fun. But did you know that it also has a darker side?

Craigs' Hut
Craigs' Hut

Mount Stirling is located a 3 hour drive from Melbourne and it is here you will find Craig's Hut, the famous cattlemen's hut featured in The Man From Snowy River.

Barmah National Park - Echuca
Barmah National Park - Echuca

Discover the serene beauty of Barmah National Park, nestled by the winding Murray River near Echuca.