Country Idealist Profiles

Victoria (Aus) – Map

Posted in Australia, Victoria (Australia), Victoria (Australia) - Basics by diego1084 on July 21, 2008

Map of Australia with  Victoria highlighted

Victoria is the southernmost of the eastern mainland states of Australia. The state is roughly triangular in shape. It is the smallest mainland state in area, but the most densely populated and urbanised. New South Wales lies to the north / north-east, with the Murray River forming most of the boundary between the two states. South Australia lies to the west and the southern coast forms the other side of the triangle. White settlement in Victoria began in the 1830s as a farming community. The discovery of gold in 1851 transformed it into a leading industrial and commercial centre. Melbourne, the state capital and largest city, is nestled on Port Phillip Bay in the center of the southern coast and more than 70% of all Victorians live there.


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