Sunset panorama from Reed Lookout with the smoke covered Victoria Range. Lightning strikes from dry thunderstorms caused several bushfires in the Grampians National Park on 14-Feb-2013. When the 3 Burnt Hut Track, Clutterbucks Road and Jensens Road fires combined it was renamed to Victoria Valley Complex fire. At the time of this photo the fire was still burning out of control and had covered an area of approximately 35,000 hectares over the Victoria Range.
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.