|Facts about Victoria State of Australia|
|Area||237629 sq km|
|Population||5713000 (March 2013 est.)|
|Time zone||UTC+10 (AEST), UTC+11 (AEDT)|
|Places to Visit||Sovereign Hill, Central Deborah Gold Mine, Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre, Puffing Billy Steam Railway, Phillip Island Nature Park, Otway Fly Treetop Adventures, Healesville Sanctuary, Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village & Shipwrecked Sound and Laser Show, Werribee Mansion, Federation Square, Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne Cricket Ground, National Gallery of Victoria, Scienceworks, Melbourne Zoo, Melbourne Aquarium, Eureka Skydeck 88, Old Melbourne Gaol, Crown Entertainment Complex, Werribee Open Range Zoo, Melbourne Museum|
Victoria is an Australian state located in the south-eastern part of the country. It is bordered by New South Wales to the north, South Australia to the west, and Tasmania on Boundary Islet to the south.
Melbourne is the state capital and also the largest city; it has an estimated population of 4,077,036. Melbourne is known as the "cultural capital of Australia", as Australian television, Australian film, and other cultural institutions of the state originated in the city.
Before Victoria became a state, it was inhabited by indigenous tribes. In 1850, Victoria was established as a colony in 1856, responsible government was granted to the state. Finally, in 1901, statehood was granted to Victoria following a proclamation by Queen Victoria.
The government of Victoria functions in the framework of a constitutional monarchy.
The second-largest economy in Australia, Victoria relies on finance, insurance and property services. Agriculture, mining, and manufacturing are the other major industries.
Owing to its geographical location, Victoria is a famous tourist destination. Sone of the major tourist destinations include: Melbourne Zoo, Melbourne Museum, Bellarine Peninsula, Yarra Valley, the Buchan Caves, Healesville Sanctuary, and the Melbourne Aquarium.
Last Updated On : January 16, 2013