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The State of Victoria, Australia
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Victoria is a state located in the south eastern corner of Australia. It is the smallest mainland state in area but the most densely populated and urbanised. Prior to European settlement, some 30,000 Indigenous Australians are estimated to have lived in the area now occupied by the state. By contrast, over five million people now inhabit the region. European settlement in Victoria began in the 1830s as a farming community. The discovery of gold in 1851 transformed it into a leading industrial and commercial centre. Victoria is the second most populous Australian state, after New South Wales, with an estimated population of 5,205,200 as of June 2007.Melbourne is Victoria's capital and largest city, with more than 70% of all Victorians living there.


Victoria, also known as VIC or Vic, is a state in Australia. It is in the south-east corner of the country. Its capital city and largest, most-populated city is Melbourne. Geelong is Victoria's second biggest city, Ballarat is the third and Bendigo the fourth.


Victoria has a population of 5,110,500 (2006).


The City of Melbourne has many attractions, not only its well-known shopping tourism, but other major attractions such as the Crown Casino, Melbourne Zoo, Melbourne Museum, Melbourne Aquarium, Melbourne Docklands, Southbank and St. Kilda. Melbourne is also the home of cultural and sporting icons such as The Arts Centre, National Gallery of Victoria and the Melbourne Cricket Ground, also known as MCG.


Melbourne has also been voted in a poll the world's leading city in sporting. Discover Victoria's secret.


Victoria is the home of AFL, with ten of the sixteen clubs of the Australian Football League based in Victoria, and the traditional Grand Final held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on the last Saturday in September.

Victoria's cricket team, the Victorian Bushrangers play in the national 'Pura Cup' cricket competition.


Victoria has one team each represented in the National Rugby League and the Australian Rugby Championship, the Melbourne Storm and Melbourne Rebels respectively.

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