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
South Wales, with an estimated population of 5,205,200 as of
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
Geelong is Victoria's second biggest city,
Ballarat is the third and
Bendigo the fourth.
Victoria has a population of 5,110,500 (2006).
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.