Living and Working in Victoria

Victoria, Australia, is the second most populous state in the country, and home to a wide range of natural and historic attractions, along with stunning holiday destinations. For GPs working in the ‘Garden State’, there are numerous opportunities for adventurous and/or leisurely getaways, perfect for those long weekends and periods between placements. Here we’ve put together just a few examples of the exciting things you can see and do in Victoria, while you’re getting to know the landscape, heritage, and culture of your new home.

For those who love the outdoors, the Grampians National Park is the ideal setting for enjoying and exploring Victoria’s diverse landscape. Popular for its stunning natural scenery and rich indigenous history, the park is made up of sandstone mountain ranges, untouched forest, beautiful wildflower blooms, spectacular waterfalls, glassy lakes, and caves displaying the rock art of Jardwadjali and Djab Wurrung peoples. Throughout the Grampians there are many walking trails, scenic lookouts, camping and picnic grounds, off-trail accommodation options, restaurants and cafes, museums, galleries and discovery centres – so no matter what your holiday-style is, you’ll be sure to find something to love about the Grampians.

The Twelve Apostle at great ocean road, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

The Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia.

Journeying to the south coast, you’ll find the iconic natural landmark called the Twelve Apostles on the edge of the Port Campbell National Park, along the Great Ocean Road. Just eight of the original twelve limestone stacks remain, having been sculpted and worn down by the extreme weather conditions of the Southern Ocean, but the Apostles remain one of Australia’s most breathtaking and spectacular natural sights, and are well worth a visit. Phillip Island is also a very popular coastal tourist attraction; well-known for its wildlife, motorsports, and surf beaches, the island draws in thousands of visitors every year. One of the most popular activities on the island is the Penguin Parade, which is held every evening, and attracts wildlife lovers from all over the world. Visitors can watch groups of the world’s smallest penguin species in their natural habitat, as they amble up the beach after a long day’s fishing. The island offers many other family friendly activities, including fishing and boating, walking, cycling, guided tours, museums and galleries, shopping, and dining.

Looking across the Yarra river from Southbank to the city of Melbourne

Looking across the Yarra river from Southbank to the city of Melbourne

Melbourne, Australia - September 9, 2015: Cafes, bars, shops and people in Centre Place in Melbourne. Centre Place is one of the famous city laneways in Melbourne.

Cafes, bars, shops and people in Centre Place in Melbourne. 

Victoria’s capital city, Melbourne, is a hugely popular Australian attraction that is well-loved and well-known for its multicultural community, its bustling markets and festivals, dynamic performing and visual art scenes, and culinary culture. The city’s vibrant atmosphere, temperate climate, and position by the sea make it the ideal destination for anyone looking to experience the beauty and vitality of Australian urban culture. Within Melbourne there are multiple art galleries, libraries, and museums to visit (including the iconic State Library, and National Gallery of Victoria, Australia’s oldest public art museum), where you can learn all about the fascinating history and heritage of the area, and view some of the nation’s most impressive art and architecture. Visit in March to see local and international comedians performing at the celebrated Melbourne International Comedy Festival; maybe come back for the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival in April, the International Melbourne Film Festival in August, or the very festive Christmas Festival in December. Wander the laneways, tour the grand historic buildings, visit world-class dining hotspots, or sprawl in a picturesque park with friends; there’s so much to see and do in the city to ensure that you soak up as much of that famous Melburnian atmosphere as you can.

These attractions are great starting points for anyone interested in getting to know Victoria. If they sound perfect for you, then you may be interested in our upcoming job openings in Cohuna and Lancefield – so get in contact with our friendly team at Ochre to find out more about what’s in store for you in Victoria.

Melbourne, Australia - Nov 7, 2015: Skyline in downtown Melbourne, Australia during daytime

Skyline in downtown Melbourne.

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