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Victoria
State flag (Full size[?]) Coat of Arms (Full size[?])
Capital Melbourne
Area
— Land
— Marine
— Total

227 416 kmē
10 213 kmē
237 629 kmē
Population (2002)
Density
4 888 200
21.5/kmē
Time zone UTC+10 (except during daylight saving time—UTC+11)
Highest point Mt Bogong (1 986 m)
ISO 3166-2 code: AU-VI
Victoria is Australia's geographically smallest mainland state, in the south-eastern corner. Population 4,644,950 (census 2001). Sharing the Murray River as a border with New South Wales to its north, and a border with South Australia to the west, it covers an area considerably larger than the British Isles. In this space are topographically, geologically, and climatically diverse areas ranging from the wet, temperate climate of Gippsland[?] in the southeast, to the snow-covered Victorian alpine areas which rise to almost 2000 metres, (with Mount Bogong[?] the highest peak at 1986 metres), and extensive semi-arid plains to the west and north-west.

The state's capital, Melbourne, contains approximately 70% of the state's population and dominates its economy, media, and culture.

Other cities and towns include:

Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, the Latrobe Valley[?], Wodonga, Mildura[?], and Swan Hill[?], Portland, Warnambool[?], Echuca, Yarrawonga[?], Wangaratta[?], Bright, Mt Beauty[?], Benalla, Wodonga, Shepparton[?], Castlemaine[?], Lorne[?], Apollo Bay[?], Barwon Heads[?], Queenscliff[?], Portsea[?], San Remo, Sale, Bairnsdale[?], Omeo[?], Moe[?], Morwell, Tyers, Traralgon

Outside the manufacturing and service centre of Melbourne, agriculture dominates the Victorian economy, with its comparatively rich soils and temperature, wet climates compared to the rest of Australia. Major export agricultural activities include beef and dairy cattle, wool and lamb production, and wheat (primarily in the drier western half of the state), with irrigated fruit and vegetable growers around Melbourne and along the Murray River. Wine grape production has been growing rapidly in the past decade or so.

Victoria is generally regarded as the home of Australian Rules Football, with most cities and towns having at least one team.

The state flower of Victoria is the Pink heath.

Political History of Victoria

National Parks (Victoria, Australia)

Tourism in Victoria

Skiing in Victoria, Fairy Penguins[?], Melbourne Casino[?], Ballarat, Sovereign Hill[?], Puffing Billy, Maldon[?], Beechworth[?], Gipplsand Lakes[?], Buchan Caves[?], Bendigo, Echuca, Murray river Golf Clubs[?], Hang-gliding[?], Gliding, Hot air balloons[?], Whale watching[?], Port Fairy Folk concert[?]

Geology

Vulcanism and geology, Gold mining[?], Brown coal[?], Offshore oil drilling[?]

Rivers in Victoria

Murray River, Ovens River[?], King River[?], Campaspe River[?], Lodden River[?], Wimmera River[?], Elgin River[?], Barwon River[?], Thompson River[?], Snowy River[?], Latrobe River[?], Yarra River, Maribynong River[?], Mitta River, Kiewa River[?]



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