Bigger is not always better. Some of the region's best discoveries can be found in Victoria's tiny towns and villages. Some of these are off the beaten track, others are already well known.

These villages are home to local secrets that are worth seeking out: like where to find the best vanilla slices, craft gin, and gourmet bakery goods. They're full of vintage boutiques, secondhand records, artisan products, postcard-perfect gardens and captivating small galleries. They're home to the cutest natural sights, like an echidna waddling across a sleepy track, or roos and cockatoos sharing a footy pitch.

In regional Victoria's diverse and stunning landscapes – from the coast to the mountains – you'll uncover slow food treats, memorable distilleries and wineries, and some of the best restaurants around.

Take time out in Victoria’s villages. Stop off at small places. Find your space at a country pub and learn (or meet) some local legends.

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