12 days in Cowes & Melbourne Itinerary

12 days in Cowes & Melbourne Itinerary

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12 days in Cowes & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Drive:  1​h 45​min
1
Cowes
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Melbourne
— 9 nights
End: Melbourne

2
nights
Cowes

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): browse for treasures at Cowes Bazaar and Gallery, then identify plant and animal life at Phillip Island Wildlife Park, and then experience rural life at Churchill Island Heritage Farm. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: experience rural life at Bimbadeen Phillip Island, then stroll through Cape Woolamai Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Rhyll Inlet State Wildlife Reserve.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Cowes travel route planner.

Melbourne to Cowes is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and car. In June, daytime highs in Cowes are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cowes

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Bimbadeen Phillip Island, Cape Woolamai Beach, Rhyll Inlet State Wildlife Reserve, Churchill Island Heritage Farm
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Phillip Island Wildlife Park ©
Phillip Island Wildlife Park
Rhyll Inlet State Wildlife Reserve ©
Bimbadeen Phillip Island ©
Bimbadeen Phillip Island

9
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Popular historic sites such as St. Patrick's Cathedral and Kryal Castle are in your itinerary. You'll get in some beach time at Eastern Beach Reserve and Bells Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: St Mary of the Angels (in Geelong), Ballarat Wildlife Park (in Ballarat) and Barwon Park (in Winchelsea). Spend the 1st (Sun) exploring nature at Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park. Spend the 5th (Thu) exploring nature at Lake Eildon National Park. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St Paul's Cathedral, contemplate the waterfront views at Yarra River, visit a coastal fixture at Point Lonsdale Lighthouse, and contemplate the long history of William Ricketts Sanctuary.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip website .

You can drive from Cowes to Melbourne in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of car and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Nature

Side Trips

Ballarat, Geelong, Yea, Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park

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