As Australia's second-largest and most cosmopolitan city, Melbourne is bursting with life. The capital is celebrated for its cultural and sporting events, as well as its shopping districts and amazing restaurants, and is the ideal gateway to the many attractions of the state of Victoria. Within a few hours drive of Melbourne, penguins waddle up the beach on Phillip Island, the majestic Apostles stand off the west coast, charming villages and rugged ranges are waiting to be explored in the east, and heritage gold rush and Murray River towns can be visited in the north. Whether you're a bushwalker, wine buff, surfer or city-slicker, Victoria has something for everyone. In more than 160 stunning colour photographs, Melbourne & Victoria: Australia's Southern Jewel celebrates the incredible beauty and diversity of this fascinating state and its sophisticated capital.