Population 3.5 Million.
AREA: 227,600 Sq Km.
LOCATION: In the South-eastern corner of the mainland of Australia.
CLIMATE: Highest temp. 50.8, C at Mildura in the north-west. -12.8. at Mt. Hotham in the Snowy Mountains. Victoria has a high rainfall with extremes of heat in summer in the western and north western regions. Melbourne was first settled in 1835. Victoria is Australia's smallest mainland state with 1800 km of coastline.
Victoria calls itself the 'Garden State', a reference to the rolling green
hills and valleys which make up the majority of the state. Varied in scenery,
it is surrounded by water on 3 sides. To the north the mighty River Murray makes
up the bulk of its border to New South Wales, while to the east and south, the
Tasman Sea, Bass Strait, and the Southern Ocean have carved out a spectacular
coastline which varies from golden beaches to stark outcrops such as the Port
Campbell National Park. Also in the north is the Alpine National Park, a skiing
area which offers winter sports from around June to August, and mountain-climbing
and exploration throughout the rest of the year.
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