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Escape winter! Book your trip to Melbourne with STA Travel and get a Working Holiday Visa for free!

October 16, 2012

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Yarra River And Melbourne Skyline

It’s cold, it’s dark, it’s time to leave the country. So why not say no to winter, and find yourself a nice spot here instead… You could take a road trip, learn how to make the perfect flat white, surf before sunrise, become a park ranger. Escape winter and get paid. If you’ve always wanted […]

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Thursday fact: Koalas have two ___________ ?

October 11, 2012

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Koala thumbs, Phillip Island

This week’s Thursday fact gets the double thumbs up from the cute koalas on Phillip Island! That’s right, koalas have two thumbs on each paw. But this doesn’t make them the most industrious of the marsupials. Oh no, they also sleep on average 20 hours a day, the result of living on a low energy diet […]

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Get into (deliciously) hot water on the Mornington Peninsula…

October 9, 2012

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Peninsula Hot Springs in Victoria

In 1992,  Charles Davidson was in Kusatsu, one of Japan’s most famous hot spring towns. It was the middle of winter, snow glistening on the ground, and as he jumped into the steaming hot pools, he thought, “Why don’t we have this at home in Australia?” It was the thought that sparked the discovery of hot […]

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Egg-citing news from Phillip Island! The baby penguins are coming…

October 4, 2012

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Little penguins breeding season on Phillip Island

We are excited to share some happy news – the world’s smallest penguins are about to grow their family on Phillip Island! Friends of Phillip Island has observed eggs in 25 to 50 per cent of burrows and officially declared the start to the little penguin breeding season this week. See the little penguins (get even smaller): […]

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Wine-no? Hop along the Cider and Ale Trail in the Yarra Valley…

October 3, 2012

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Beer paddle, Yarra Valley

The Yarra Valley is best known for its wineries, which attract grape lovers and locals by the barrel-load each year. But now, in the heart of this premier wine region, a handful of brewers are giving the winemakers a run for their money, tickling the tastebuds of critics, locals and visitors alike, by producing some unique and intriguing […]

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Great journeys through Victoria: Download the Great Southern touring route app now!

September 13, 2012

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Great Southern touring route iPad app

Have iPhone, will travel? For anyone planning a big trip around Australia, this little app may be the ultimate guide to Victoria’s  Great Southern touring route, transporting you from Melbourne to the Great Ocean Road, the Grampians, Ballarat and beyond. Why it’s great This is not your average app, traveller! Oh no. Take a peek inside […]

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Great journeys through Victoria: Top 5 things to do along the Great Ocean Road

September 10, 2012

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Sea kayaking along the Great Ocean Road

There’s more to the Great Ocean Road than simply driving along it! Check out our top five things to do on this road trip of a lifetime… *1. Go surfing at Bells Beach Home to the Rip Curl Pro Surfing Competition, head to Bells Beach if you want to hit some serious waves or give it […]

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Emirates’ Dean Cleaver takes us around the best bars and secret spots in Victoria

September 4, 2012

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Twelve Apostles, Victoria

What makes Melbourne so special? For me, it’s the brilliant atmosphere whenever there’s a big event on. From the live sites at Federation Square for the Grand Prix and the Australian Open, to the ease of getting to all the major venues, the incredible party atmosphere of the Spring Racing Carnival and the fact that […]

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Journeys through Victoria: Montalto winemaker John Mitchell share his tips

September 2, 2012

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Montalto owner John Mitchell

‘After 10 years my passion for our beautiful site at Montalto hasn’t waned, it has deepened’, says John Mitchell, the UK-born founder of Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria. Looking around at John’s family business and home for the past 15 years, with its award-winning wine, innovative sculptures and ‘estate to plate’ dining ethos, […]

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Finding Walhalla… Nina Derham goes on a journey to Victoria’s gold mining town

August 20, 2012

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Walhalla, Victoria, Australia

I had heard that visiting Victoria’s famous gold mining town was like “stepping back in time” and my mind’s eye had conjured up an old fashioned film set. However, on arriving in Walhalla it became immediately apparent that I couldn’t have been more wrong. There was something different, more earthy about this place. It took […]

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