The worst bushfires in Australian history recently raged through the country, destroying thousands of homes, half a million hectares and killing more than 200 people. This panorama was taken in the rubble of volunteer firefighter Ben's home in Kinglake, one month after the fire destroyed his house.
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.