Panorama of the Oriental Claims from Pioneer Lookout in Omeo, Victoria, Australia.
The cliffs were created by hydraulic sluicing during the gold rush period. The Oriental Company worked this area between 1876 and 1904, changing the landscape permanently.
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.