14 days in Melbourne, Great Ocean Road & Wollongong Itinerary

14 days in Melbourne, Great Ocean Road & Wollongong Itinerary

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14 days in Melbourne, Great Ocean Road & Wollongong Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Princetown
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Apollo Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Torquay
— 3 nights
+2
train + tram + Fly:  6​h 15​min
Wollongong
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
End: Sydney

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kids will enjoy Melbourne Zoo and Old Melbourne Gaol. Change things up with a short trip to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee (about 42 minutes away). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Melbourne trip itinerary builder .

Sydney to Melbourne is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Sydney in November since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Princetown.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Werribee Open Range Zoo, St. Kilda Beach
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo

1
night
Princetown

Princetown ©
On the 10th (Sat), get great views at Loch Ard Gorge and then explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Princetown journey planning app .

Traveling by car from Melbourne to Princetown takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Apollo Bay.

Things to do in Princetown

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Loch Ard Gorge
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Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles
Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge

1
night
Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay ©
Apollo Bay is a coastal town in southwestern Victoria, Australia. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): delve into the lush surroundings at Mait's Rest and then trek along Great Ocean Walk.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Apollo Bay holiday site .

Traveling by car from Princetown to Apollo Bay takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Torquay.

Things to do in Apollo Bay

#Outdoors, #Trails, #Parks
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Great Ocean Walk ©
Great Ocean Walk
Mait's Rest ©
Mait's Rest

3
nights
Torquay

Torquay
Set against the stark but scenic coastline of the Bass Strait--the body of water separating Victoria and Tasmania--Torquay is a prime location for surfing and beach life in general.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take a memorable drive along The Great Ocean Road. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Bells Beach and then stroll through Eastern Beach Reserve.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Torquay holiday planner.

Drive from Apollo Bay to Torquay in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Torquay can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Wollongong.

Things to do in Torquay

#Outdoors, #Scenic Drive, #Beaches

Side Trip

Eastern Beach Reserve
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The Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve

3
nights
Wollongong

Wollongong ©
Wollongong, informally referred to as "The Gong", is a seaside city located in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia. Kids will appreciate attractions like Jenolan Caves and Jamberoo Action Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Wollongong: Katoomba (Wentworth Falls & The Three Sisters), Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and Leura (Everglades Historic House and Gardens & The Nook). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Gallery Blackheath, enjoy some diversion at Hangdog Climbing Gym, and admire the natural beauty at Wollongong Botanic Garden.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Wollongong online route builder .

Do a combination of train and flight from Torquay to Wollongong in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Torquay in November, with highs in Wollongong at 32°C and lows at 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Wollongong

#Theme Parks, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Blackheath, Katoomba, Leura, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Jamberoo Action Park
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Jamberoo Action Park ©
Jamberoo Action Park
Jenolan Caves ©
Jenolan Caves
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls

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