Victoria (VIC) is Australia’s smallest mainland state covering just 227,600 km². Even so, it still manages to be bigger than England and Scotland put together. If it were a country, it would be in the 84th biggest in the world, just ahead of Guyana. It is slightly bigger than the American state of Minnesota.
It has a population of around 5.3 million people and because of its size, this makes it the most crowded state in Australia. It is known as “The Garden State” and residents are known as “Mexicans”- a reference to the fact that they live south of the border.
Victoria has some fine attractions, but surely none can be better than The Great Ocean Road. Over 240 km of twisting, turning, cliffside, seaside, bushside driving that will make your jaw drop. It also has Phillip Island and their famous Penguin Parade.
Places in Victoria
Melbourne is the capital of Victoria and the city is well known for it is performing arts; it also has a reputation for being unconventional. This is reflected in Victoria’s list of famous Australians originally from the state; Germaine Greer, feminist; Steve Irwin, crocodile hunter; Nick Cave, revolutionary rock legend; Barry Humphries, satirist; Shane Warne, cricketer; Rupert Murdoch, media mogul and Ned Kelly, outlaw and murderer.
Oh, and Kylie Minogue.
Here is a list of towns and localities in the state, with a population of over 10,000 people.
- Geelong – just over 137,000
- Ballarat – just over 78,000
- Bendigo – just over 76,000
- Shepparton-Mooroopna – about 39,000
- Melton – nearly 36,000
- Mildura – just over 30,000
- Sunbury – nearly 30,000
- Warrnambool – - about 28,000
- Traralgon – nearly 22,000
- Pakenham – - about 19,000
- Wangaratta – nearly 17,000
- Moe – over 15,000
- Ocean Grove-Barwon Heads – about 14,000
- Horsham – about 14,000
- Morwell – around 13,000
- Sale – around 13,000
- Bacchus Marsh – just over 13,000
- Warragul – nearly 12,000
- Bairnsdale – about 11,000
- Colac – - about 11,000
- Lara – around 10,000
- Drysdale-Clifton Springs – just over 10,000
Then there are many more towns with less than 10,000 inhabitants, more will be added in time. If you live in any town or suburb in Victoria, then why not tell us about it in the comments below…