A famous shootout between the police and the Kelly Gang took place here at Stringybark Creek, in north-east Victoria. The shootout took place in 1878, when a party of four policemen (disguised in civilian clothes) were camped here on an expedition to kill or capture the Kelly Gang. The Kelly Gang surprised them and three policemen were killed. The Kelly Gang were branded outlaws because of this event. There is controversy over the exact location of the camp, but this is the officially recognised site.
Victoria is Australia's second smallest State and covers only 3% of Australia's land area but has the second highest population of all States and Territories. Victoria's mainland and islands have a total length of 2,512 kilometres coastline which is about 4.2% of Australia's 59,736 kilometres of coastline. Australia is the driest inhabited continent and Victoria is no exception although the state capital Melbourne has the reputation to have 4 seasons in one day. Victoria is located in the southeast of mainland Australia and includes the most southern point on mainland Australia at Wilsons Promontory National Park.