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Victoria climate guide
Read our complete guide to the climate in Victoria.
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The climate guide for Victoria (Melbourne) shows long term monthly weather averages processed from data supplied by CRU (University of East Anglia), the Met Office & the Netherlands Meteorological Institute. Find out more about our data sources.
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Victoria climate overview
Victoria is a small but geographically and culturally diverse state of Australia at the southernmost limit of the Australian mainland. In contrast to the rest of the mainland, it has comparatively rich soils and more evenly distributed rainfall. Victoria was also the region to which most of the first settlers came in the middle of the nineteenth century, at that time in search of gold, and it is still today the most densely populated state in Australia. Its capital Melbourne was a gold rush town in the 1850's and became the capital of Australia in the early twentieth century before Canberra was established.
The Great Dividing Range runs eastwards from Melbourne, and although none of its peaks are particularly high, there are lakes and large areas of unspoilt wilderness much of it covered by eucalypt forest. In winter the higher slopes are usually snow covered. Levels of rainfall are relatively high in eastern Victoria providing sufficient pasture for dairy farming and good grazing generally.
To the west of Melbourne towns such as Ballarat and Bendigo boast a wealth of historic architecture as a reminder of their affluent gold-mining past, while along the south-west coast, the Great Ocean Road traverses one of the most spectacular coastlines in the whole of Australia.
Western Victoria is drier than the east and becomes progressively so the further north one travels, where the landscape becomes flatter, supporting fields of wheat and grazing sheep. The far north-west is the gateway to the dry deserts of Australia's outback but also to irrigation schemes along the Murray River, centres of fruit and wine production.
Over the whole state summers are mostly warm with occasional hot spells when winds from the north bring very high temperatures and the risk of bush-fires, while winters are mostly cool, never really cold except at altitude. Through most of the state rainfall is distributed throughout the year particularly in the south-east where it is usually more persistent in winter. In the north-west however summers tend to be relatively dry.
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