Victoria  is the southernmost of the eastern mainland states of Australia. The state is roughly triangular in shape. 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. Melbourne, the state capital and largest city, is nestled on Port Phillip Bay in the center of the southern coast. Melbourne is within three hours drive of the nearest point of the New South Wales border but further from the South Australia border.
Highways and byways
The VicTrip website provides information on public transport (train, tram and bus) including maps, fares and zones and all timetables.
Further information is at the V/Line website. V/Line train services operate to and from Melbourne on the Geelong line in the south-west, Ballarat in western Victoria, Bendigo, Swan Hill and Echuca in the north, Seymour and Wodonga in the north-east, and Traralgon and Sale in the state's east. V/Line covers the rest of Victoria with road coaches.
In Melbourne, it is advisable to avoid the following areas, no matter what time of day.
It is also advisable to avoid the following at night: