It’s now official, for the first time more Australians are visiting the culture state Victoria, and its fashionable capital Melbourne, for a holiday than the beaches of Queensland.
Last year 5.4 million Australians visited Victoria, above Queensland’s 5.1 million visitors, and top tourism chiefs believe Victoria’s big events, cultural attractions, shopping and food and wine is the drawcard.
Indeed, Victorian Tourism Industry Council chief Anthony McIntosh says marketing has positioned Victoria as the place for short stay holidays.
“The place for dirty weekends basically,” he said.
“It’s a romantic, cultural, exciting place to visit for a short stay.”
Melbourne’s fusion of arts, events and fashion also have an attraction for international visitors, but those who want to experience Melbourne, unless they have an Australian or New Zealand passport, do need to have an Australian Travel Visa
The most popular Australian Travel Visa is the ETA Visa
, which is easy to apply for online and granted almost instantly. As the ETA Visa allows three months entry into Australia you will have plenty of time to explore Melbourne and other Australian cities and attractions.