Victoria has a varied climate, ranging from semi-arid in the far north-west of the State to temperate along the coast. The mountainous Great Dividing Range in the State’s central and eastern parts produces a cooler mountain climate.
The wettest parts of Victoria are:
• The Otway Ranges in the south-west.
• The mountainous alpine areas of the north-east.
• The southern and eastern parts of Gippsland.
The driest part of Victoria is the north-west area.
With its variable climate, Victoria hots up December to February (summer), cools down March to May (autumn), chills out June to August (winter), and warms up again September to November (spring).
Victoria’s top temperatures are usually in January and February. Those months are often dry, with hot spells and cooling afternoon breezes off Port Phillip Bay. June and July are the coldest months, and October is the wettest.
Victoria is home to 6.4 million people, with 5 million living in the suburbs and surroundings that constitute Melbourne’s capital city.
Victoria is Australia’s second most populated state, and Melbourne is the country’s second-largest city. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders account for 0.7 percent of the Victorian population. Victoria has a total area of 227,416 km2 which accounts for 3 percent of Australia’s total landmass and makes it the smallest mainland state. Victoria’s coastline is 1800 km long and borders the Bass Strait, the water body that separates the mainland from Tasmania.
Based on research, Victoria’s population will reach 6.606 million by the end of June 2021.
The Dandenongs and Macedon Ranges’ towering peaks form a stunning backdrop to the green and fertile valleys where vineyards and orchards abound. Around the ranges, forests of gums and ash are complemented by colorful fields of spring wildflowers. And thunderous waterfalls make gorges come alive in several of the State’s national parks.
Stunning countryside sweeps across the State of Victoria. From craggy cliff faces to crisp white beaches, nearly every type of terrain can be found here.
Extinct volcanos have left scars upon the earth that have formed natural stone sculptures and are equally as stunning as the tumultuous oceans and bluffs around Melbourne’s bays and peninsulas.