A neoclassical library, a sculpture sanctuary, and a photogenic pier are just a few of the wondrous sights Victoria has to offer. Culture Trip has amassed a collection of attractions that will leave you awe-inspired, including The Grampians, London Arch and the Shrine of Remembrance.
Approximately one million years ago, Mount Holden erupted. When the cooling lava fractured, it left behind tall basalt columns that resemble a cathedral’s organ pipes. Situated in Keilor North, the natural amphitheatre is one of the many impressive geological formations in the 121ha (298 acres) Organ Pipes National Park. Upstream, you’ll see the Rosette Stone and The Tessellated Pavement.
Stretching 580m (1,902ft) out into Port Phillip Bay, the historic Princes Pier was built between 1912 and 1915 and was a major arrival point for migrants in the post-war era. Following multiple fires, the first 196m (643ft) of the pier were restored in 2006, while the remaining wooden pylons were preserved, leaving a haunting, derelict view of Melbourne’s past. Attracting photographers, Princes Pier provides a dramatic view of the water.
Designed by Joseph Reed, the Royal Exhibition Building was built to host the Melbourne International Exhibition in 1880 and more than a century later, it became the first building in Australia to receive a World Heritage listing. Neighbouring the Melbourne Museum in Carlton Gardens, the building held the first Parliament of Australia on 9 May 1901. In 1984, Princess Alexandra granted the building its royal title and today the space holds exhibitions and festivals.
Concealed in a ferny inlet of Mount Dandenong is the William Ricketts Sanctuary, which features almost one hundred sculptures created by William Ricketts between 1934 and his death in 1993. The ‘Forest of Love’ illustrates the affinity Ricketts had with Indigenous people and their relationship with Mother Nature. In addition to the sculptures, the park features archways, grottos and streams scattered around the lush mountain ash trees and tree ferns.
Situated on the Great Ocean Road near Port Campbell, the London Arch once formed a double-span natural bridge until the section closest to the mainland collapsed on 15 January 1990. Prior to the collapse, visitors could walk across London Bridge – in fact, two tourists were stranded on the furthermost point when the bridge collapsed. Nowadays, there are two viewing platforms and if you’re lucky, you may see little penguins.
Preserved under The Glass Cone at Melbourne Central, Coop’s Shot Tower stands as a reminder of Melbourne’s industrial history. Completed in 1889, the nine-storey tower was the tallest building in Melbourne until the mid-1940s and today it’s one of only three 19th century shot towers remaining in Australia. A free museum is located on the second floor of the tower providing an insight into shot production.