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Moving interstate: all you need to know about moving to Victoria

Map of Victoria

We understand that when you’re making the move interstate, your energy supply is just one part of a bigger picture. To help make the move to your new state as easy as possible, we’ve put together this guide. Here’s all you need to know about Victoria in one handy place. 

Victoria state map

Map of Victoria

1. Melbourne
2. Geelong
3. Ballarat
4. Bendigo
5. Mildura
6. Shepparton
7. Wodonga
8. Warrnambool
9. Traralgon
10. Wangaratta

11. St Kilda Beach
12. Phillip Island 
13. Geelong Beach
14. Surf Coast
15. The 12 Apostles
16. Eureka Tower
17. The Melbourne Cricket Ground
18. Yarra Valley wineries
19. Dandenong Ranges
20. Great Dividing Range

21. Victoria Alpine Region Skiing
22. Mortons Lane Wind Farm
23. The Grampians
24. Great Ocean Road
25. Mallee Solar Park – EA proposition
26. Gippsland Lakes
27. Little Desert National Park
28. Murray Sunset National Park
29. Murray River

Victoria state guide

Victoria (VIC) may be Australia’s smallest mainland state, but this little south-eastern corner is big in both character and characters, with the second highest level of population density in the country1.  As the ‘sporting capital of Australia2’ , the state boasts the Melbourne Cricket Ground - the spiritual home of Australian cricket3  - and a whole 10 of the total 18 Aussie Football League clubs4.  As well as sports mad, its people are known to be progressive5  and to make a mean cup of coffee6.

Get the lowdown on some of Victoria’s key points below. 

Victoria fact box

Capital: Melbourne                                  
Population: 6,100.9 million8                    
State Flag:                                                                                                        
State Animal: Leadbeater's Possum12   

Size: 227, 416km27  
Sunshine hrs/yr Melbourne: 2,079 hours9        
State Flower: The Pink Heath11      
State Bird: Helmeted Honeyeater13 

Facts about Victoria

Victoria cities 

Victoria is Australia's most urbanised state with nearly 90% of residents living in its cities and towns. 70% of the state’s population live in Melbourne14.  The 10 biggest Victorian cities by population are15:  

 Melbourne 
Geelong
Ballarat
Bendigo
Mildura

Shepparton
Wodonga
Warrnambool
Traralgon
Wangaratta

Victoria Weather

Despite its small size, Victoria’s weather is quite varied. It can be hot and semi-arid in the northwest (Mallee and Upper Wimmera are the warmest), temperate and cool along the coast, and chilly in the Victorian Alps and the central mountains. Its southernmost position on the Australian mainland makes it cooler and wetter than other states (except for Tasmania), but air from the Southern Ocean ensures that winters are mild and summers bearable16

Transport in Victoria 

Victoria has an excellent public transport system which includes trains, trams (Melbourne has the largest tram network in the world17) and buses. To use public transport in Victoria, you need to buy a Myki travel card in advance. They are available online, at main train and tram stations, and in certain shops18

Nature in Victoria 

Victoria was known as the ‘Garden State’ because of the rolling hills and lush valleys that make it so green compared to other areas of the country.  It's surrounded by water on three sides; the northern border is marked by the Murray River and you'll find the Tasman Sea, Bass Strait and the Southern Ocean to the south and east, giving the state more than 2000 kilometres of coastline with hundreds of beaches19.  There’s an abundance of other mighty fine natural attractions, with highlights including:

The Great Ocean Road 
Phillip Island Penguin Parade 
Alpine National Park ski resorts
Port Campbell National Park
Little Desert 
 

Wyperfeld National Park 
The Grampians National Park
Gippsland Lakes
The Dandenong Ranges
Mornington Peninsula and the Yarra Valley wineries 

Victoria: What You Need to Know

  • Victorian post codes begin with the number 320 
  • Victoria's area calling code is 0321 
  • The current Premier of Victoria is Daniel Andrews, the leader of the Victorian branch of the Australian Labor Party22 
  • Victoria has a couple of unique public holidays, both for sporting events: the Melbourne Cup in early November and the AFL Grand Final on the last Friday in September23 
  • Victoria celebrates Labour Day on the second Monday in March24 
  • There are a few road rules in Victoria that you won’t find in the rest of Australia: 
  • It’s legal to do a U-turn at traffic lights (unless marked otherwise) 
  • You’ll sometimes have to turn right from the left lane in Melbourne25 
  • If you plan on driving on the freeways, you’ll need to create a toll road account with CityLink26 

Victoria Fun Facts 

  • Melbourne is consistently rated as one of the world’s most liveable cities in the Economist Global Liveability Ranking27 
  • The biggest alluvial gold nugget in the world, the ‘Welcome Stranger’, was found in Moliagul in 1869 and weighed a whopping 66 kg28 
  • While a short-lived electric tramline ran from Box Hill Station to Doncaster in 1889, the first serious electric trams in Melbourne began in 190629 
  • At the end of 2015, the Melbourne Cricket Ground became one of the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly stadiums in the world, thanks to a huge energy upgrade program that involved replacing bulbs with energy efficient lighting, and upgrading heating and ventilation systems30 
  • The Eureka Tower on Melbourne’s Southbank has the highest observation deck in the Southern Hemisphere, Skydeck 88, which is 285 m above ground31 
  • You can ski in the winter at the Victorian Alpine Region and the Central Victorian Highlands32 
  • The Melbourne Cricket Ground is the largest stadium in Australia33 
  • Victoria is the centre of dairy farming in Australia and home to 60% of Australia's three million dairy cattle34  
  • Hit Australian soap ‘Neighbours’ is filmed in Melbourne35 
  • Australia’s most infamous outlaw, Ned Kelly, hailed from Beveridge just North of Melbourne36 

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1 Population Australia http://www.population.net.au/population-of-victoria/
2 Premier of Victoria: Media release  http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/melbourne-the-sporting-capital-of-the-world/
3 Visit Victoria: Melbourne Cricket Ground http://www.visitvictoria.com/regions/Melbourne/Things-to-do/Entertainment/Spectator-sports/VV-Melbourne-Cricket-Ground.aspx
4 Topend Sports: AFL Clubs http://www.topendsports.com/sport/afl/clubs/index.htm
5 The Sydney Morning Herald: Welcome to Victoria, the Progressive State http://www.smh.com.au/comment/welcome-to-victoria-the-progressive-state-20130509-2jak0.html
6 Visit Melbourne: Coffee  
http://www.visitmelbourne.com/Regions/Melbourne/Food-and-wine/Cafes/Coffee
7 Australian Government Geoscience Australia: Area of Australia - States and Territories  http://www.ga.gov.au/scientific-topics/national-location-information/dimensions/area-of-australia-states-and-territories
8 Australian Bureau of Statistics: 3101.0 - Australian Demographic Statistics, Sep 2016  http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/lookup/3101.0Media%20Release1Sep%202016
9 Climatemp.info  http://www.melbourne.climatemps.com/
10 Victoria State Government: Victorian Symbols and Emblems 
http://www.dpc.vic.gov.au/index.php/news-publications/victorian-symbols-emblems
11 Victoria State Government: Victorian Symbols and Emblems http://www.dpc.vic.gov.au/index.php/news-publications/victorian-symbols-emblems 
12 Victoria State Government: Victorian Symbols and Emblems http://www.dpc.vic.gov.au/index.php/news-publications/victorian-symbols-emblems
13 Victoria State Government: Victorian Symbols and Emblems http://www.dpc.vic.gov.au/index.php/news-publications/victorian-symbols-emblems
14 Live in Victoria http://www.liveinvictoria.vic.gov.au/living-in-victoria/melbourne-and-regional-victoria#.WUsqUROGNBw 
15 Travel Victoria https://www.travelvictoria.com.au/victoria/population/
16 Travel Victoria  https://www.travelvictoria.com.au/victoria/climate/  and Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/current/annual/vic/summary.shtm
17 Yarra Trams: Facts & figures
 http://www.yarratrams.com.au/about-us/who-we-are/facts-figures/
18 Live in Victoria: Public Transport System http://www.liveinvictoria.vic.gov.au/living-in-victoria/transport-and-driving/public-transport-system#.WUs6PROGNTY
19 Live in Victoria: Nature & Wildlife
 http://www.visitvictoria.com/Things-to-do/Nature-and-wildlife
20 Postcodes Australia https://postcodes-australia.com/state-postcodes/vic  
21 Australian Government: Telephone country and area codes http://www.australia.gov.au/about-australia/facts-and-figures/telephone-country-and-area-codes
22 Premier of Victoria: The Premier http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/the-premier/
23 Business Victoria http://www.business.vic.gov.au/victorian-public-holidays-and-daylight-saving/victorian-public-holidays
24 Business Victoria http://www.business.vic.gov.au/victorian-public-holidays-and-daylight-saving/victorian-public-holidays
25 Vic Roads: Information for tourists about Victorian road rules https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/safety-and-road-rules/road-rules/information-for-tourists-about-victorian-road-rules
26 Vic Road: Paying Tolls https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/traffic-and-road-use/road-network-and-performance/toll-roads-in-victoria/paying-tolls
27 The Economist: The world’s most liveable cities  http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2016/08/daily-chart-14
28 National Geographic: Australia - home to the world’s largest gold nugget http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/australia-home-to-the-worlds-largest-gold-nugget.aspx
29 
Yarra Trams – Trams in Melbourne http://www.yarratrams.com.au/about-us/our-history/trams-in-melbourne/
30 The Age: The MCG changes its light globes to save on its power bill http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/the-mcg-changes-its-light-globes-to-save-on-its-power-bill-20141118-11p7dt.htm
31 Eureka Skydeck https://www.eurekaskydeck.com.au/see-do/fun-for-kids/
32 Visit Victoria: Skiing http://www.visitvictoria.com/Things-to-do/Outdoor-activities/Skiing/Skiing
33 MCG: About the MCG http://www.mcg.org.au/about-us/about-the-mcg
34 Austrex – Dairy Cattle https://www.austrex.com.au/livestock/dairy-cattle/
35 Official Neighbours Tours http://www.neighbourstour.com.au/
36 Australian Government: Ned Kelly http://www.australia.gov.au/about-australia/australian-story/ned-kelly