Although only the size of Great Britain, Victoria packs a punch above its weight. The 'Garden State' is the home of gorgeous natural scenery and National Parks, from dramatic coastal cliffs through lush glens to the Snowy Mountains. Victoria is also renowned for its gastronomy: the bar and restaurant scene in Melbourne is justly famous, and its wineries are top class. Its inhabitants are the most sports-mad of a sport-obsessed nation, playing host to Aussie Rules, the Spring Racing Carnival, the Australian Open and the Grand Prix. And Melbourne is the nation's cultural capital, with a flourishing arts scene and a vibrant multicultural population.