(c) March 2011 Oliver Bonten
Victoria is the most densely populated state of Australia, and completely in the most fertile zone of Australia. Not exactly a desert. It was named after a famous British monarch, which also gives an indication to the period in which the Victoria colony was founded. But densely populated in Australia doesn't mean densely populated on any absolute scale, and it's possible to have landscape without people in it even in Victoria. In particular the southern coast is famous, and the fertile zone continues at least to Spencer Gulf in South Australia, before it then becomes the vegetation-deprived Nullarbor plain
The capital of Victoria is one of the biggest cities in Australia, but it's not a Metropolis. It appears unexcitingly and orderly Victorian, as befits the colony and age in which it was founded. Excitement starts when you try to do a left turn with your car in the city center. The city center is small, rectangular and planned, with old (Victorian) buildings. An old harbour has been converted to a shopping mall.
The Great Ocean Road is one of the highlights of Victoria; it is the road along Victoria's southern coast. The first section, between Geelong and Cape Otway, is in heavily populated country near Melbourne, and passes through some pleasant towns. After the cape, the most famous part of the road leads along a scenic coast and past amazing rock formations to South Australia's Mt. Gambier region
Cape Otway is the southernmost tip of Victoria, on the famous Great Ocean Road between Melbourne and the twelve Apostles. Near Cape Otway, the road doesn't follow the coast for a few dozen kilometers, but passes through forested land. Mait's Rest is a small rainforest area in this forest with vegetation very different from the typical Australian bush vegetation
The Great Ocean Road continues into South Australia as Princess Highway, a less spectacular secondary road following the South Australian coast to Adelaide. There are no more stunning rock formations and maritime vistas anymore, but Princess Highway still passes several interesting sights
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