Although Victoria is Australia’s second smallest state, it holds approximately 6,244,200 people in its 227,416 square kilometres. Visitors to the state flock to its capital, Melbourne, as well as to travel The Great Ocean Road to see sites such as the Twelve Apostles. The Garden State, as its also known, also boasts the world’s largest above ground gold nugget in the town of Ballarat.
Speaking of gold, the discovery of the precious metal caused the state’s population to increase from 76,000 to 540,000 between 1851 and 1861. Victoria is also known for being home to renown bushranger and outlaw, Edward ‘Ned’ Kelly. There’s also the popular Phillip Island, where people gather to watch the Penguin Parade of little penguins at sunset.