Victoria is Australia’s smallest mainland state, and also happens to be roughly the size of the UK, which is a useful frame of reference for determining how vast the country is overall.
More than 70% of the 5,713 million Victorians live in Melbourne, the state capital. Arguably the country’s sporting capital, Melbourne has several major sporting and entertainment venues, and it hosts the Australian Open and the Grand Prix, among others.
It is also known for its restaurants (foodie paradise), its geological phenomena (you can view the Twelve Apostles from the Great Ocean Road, which starts 50 miles from Melbourne), and its research universities, with another two Go8 members (University of Melbourne and Monash University). The only one of the top universities in Victoria which is not in Melbourne is Deakin University, in Geelong.
The top universities in Victoria are:
University of Melbourne (ranked 31 in the world; 2nd in Australia).
Monash University (ranked 69= in the world; 6th in Australia)
RMIT University (ranked 291= in the world; 14th in Australia)
Deakin University (ranked 380= in the world; 19th in Australia)
La Trobe University (ranked 390= in the world; 20th in Australia)
Swinburne University of Technology (ranked 481-490; 25th in Australia)
Victoria University (ranked 701+ in the world; 31st in Australia)