Panoramic views from the head frame of the gold mine at the Sovereign Hill tourist attraction with a display of firefighting in the 1850s presented by members of the Buninyong Fire Brigade during Fire Action Week in November 2015. Fire Action week is an initiative by the Country Fire Authority to promote preparedness for the Fire Danger Period in Victoria, one of the most bushfire prone areas in the world. Sovereign Hill is a large living museum representing the gold rush era of Ballarat.
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.