23 days in Victoria & South Australia Itinerary

23 days in Victoria & South Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Victoria & South Australia Itinerary

Start: Canberra
Drive:  7​h
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Cowes, Phillip Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Inverloch
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Beech Forest
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Ballarat
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Halls Gap
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Warrnambool
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Mount Gambier
— 1 night
Drive:  11​h 45​min
Port Lincoln
— 2 nights
+4
Drive + ferry + Drive + ferry + Drive:  10​h
Kangaroo Island
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  15​h 30​min
End: Canberra

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nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 22nd (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, then look for all kinds of wild species at Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Kilda Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne online journey planner .

Canberra to Melbourne is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 7°C in Melbourne. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cowes.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Outdoors

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Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, St. Kilda Beach
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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Cowes, Phillip Island

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): relax in the rural setting at Churchill Island Heritage Farm, head off the coast to Phillip Island Nature Parks - Koala Conservation Centre, enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Woolamai Beach, then relax in the rural setting at Bimbadeen Phillip Island, and finally stroll through The Nobbies Centre.

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Getting from Melbourne to Cowes by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and car. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Inverloch.

Things to do in Cowes

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Bimbadeen Phillip Island, Churchill Island Heritage Farm, The Nobbies Centre, Cape Woolamai Beach
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Churchill Island Heritage Farm ©
Churchill Island Heritage Farm
The Nobbies Centre ©
The Nobbies Centre
Bimbadeen Phillip Island ©
Bimbadeen Phillip Island

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nights
Inverloch

Inverloch ©
Inverloch is a seaside town located in Victoria, Australia. On the 26th (Wed), head outdoors with Anderson Inlet, then explore the striking landscape at Walkerville Lime Kilns, and then identify plant and animal life at Cape Liptrap Coastal Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Alison Lester- Gallery and Bookshop, explore the activities along Shallow Inlet, then look for all kinds of wild species at Waratah Bay Foreshore Reserve, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bunurong Marine National Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Inverloch online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Cowes to Inverloch takes an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Beech Forest.

Things to do in Inverloch

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Cape Liptrap Coastal Park, Alison Lester- Gallery and Bookshop, Shallow Inlet, Waratah Bay Foreshore Reserve, Walkerville Lime Kilns
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Cape Liptrap Coastal Park ©
Cape Liptrap Coastal Park
Walkerville Lime Kilns ©
Walkerville Lime Kilns
Anderson Inlet ©
Anderson Inlet

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nights
Beech Forest

Beech Forest ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): delve into the lush surroundings at The Redwoods, then admire the sheer force of Hopetoun Falls, then admire the sheer force of Beauchamp Falls, and finally admire the sheer force of Triplet Falls. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Great Otway National Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Beech Forest road trip tool .

You can drive from Inverloch to Beech Forest in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ballarat.

Things to do in Beech Forest

#Nature, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Great Otway National Park
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The Redwoods ©
The Redwoods
Hopetoun Falls ©
Hopetoun Falls
Triplet Falls ©
Triplet Falls

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Ballarat

Ballarat ©
Modern Ballarat is known for its study and innovation of alternative energy sources.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Wendouree, contemplate the long history of Sovereign Hill, and then get in on the family fun at Gold Rush Mini Golf. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Ballarat Wildlife Park, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Trentham Falls.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Ballarat trip builder app .

You can drive from Beech Forest to Ballarat in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive to Halls Gap.

Things to do in Ballarat

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve, Trentham Falls
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Lake Wendouree ©
Lake Wendouree
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park
Sovereign Hill ©
Sovereign Hill

2
nights
Halls Gap

Halls Gap ©
Halls Gap serves as a home base for visiting Grampians National Park.
On the 2nd (Tue), hike along Grampians Peaks Trail, trek along Chatauqua Peak, and then see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Mount William (Mount Duwil), then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Sturgeon, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Abrupt.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Halls Gap sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Ballarat to Halls Gap takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Warrnambool.

Things to do in Halls Gap

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Trails

Side Trip

Dunkeld
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Mt Sturgeon ©
Mt Sturgeon
Mount Abrupt ©
Mount Abrupt
Mount William (Mount Duwil) ©
Mount William (Mount Duwil)

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Warrnambool

Warrnambool ©
Warrnambool is a regional centre and former port city on the south-western coast of Victoria, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Thunder point Coastal Reserve, then look for all kinds of wild species at Childer's Cove, then take in the dramatic natural features at London Bridge, and finally get outside with The Arch. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Martyrs, then visit a coastal fixture at Griffiths Island Lighthouse, then contemplate the geological forces at Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve, and finally work some fitness into your day at Foreshore Promenade.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Warrnambool trip maker app .

Getting from Halls Gap to Warrnambool by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Mount Gambier.

Things to do in Warrnambool

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Campbell, Bay of Martyrs, Childer's Cove, Griffiths Island Lighthouse
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London Bridge ©
London Bridge
Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve ©
Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve
Bay of Martyrs ©
Bay of Martyrs

1
night
Mount Gambier

Mount Gambier ©
The most popular sites in Mount Bambier are the caves, where you can go cave diving.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Germein Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Estuary Beach, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Piccaninnie Ponds Conservation Park.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Mount Gambier trip maker tool .

You can drive from Warrnambool to Mount Gambier in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. October in Mount Gambier sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 8°C at night. On the 7th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Port Lincoln.

Things to do in Mount Gambier

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Estuary Beach, Germein Reserve, Tantanoola Caves Conservation Park
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Piccaninnie Ponds Conservation Park ©
Tantanoola Caves Conservation Park ©
Valley Lake Conservation Park ©
Valley Lake Conservation Park

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nights
Port Lincoln

Port Lincoln ©
Primarily a marine industry town, Port Lincoln has about as many marina trawlers and grain silos as luxury yachts.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): explore and take pictures at Winter Hill Lookout, then identify plant and animal life at Glen Forest Tourist Park, and then get a new perspective on things with Coffin Bay and Farm Beach Boat Hire. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Tue): don't miss a visit to The Old Mill, then browse the exhibits of Mill Cottage Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Mikkira Station, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Fishery Bay.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Port Lincoln holiday tool .

Getting from Mount Gambier to Port Lincoln by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. On the 10th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Port Lincoln

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Coffin Bay and Farm Beach Boat Hire
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Fishery Bay ©
Fishery Bay
Sleaford Bay ©
Sleaford Bay
Glen Forest Tourist Park ©
Glen Forest Tourist Park

3
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Raptor Domain and Will's Rare Breeds Farm. Take a break from the city and head to Island Beach and Little Sahara. Spend the 11th (Thu) exploring nature at Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of George's 40,000 Castle Lights, meet the residents at Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park, and don't miss a visit to Emu Ridge.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kangaroo Island online journey planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Port Lincoln to Kangaroo Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife
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Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Island Beach ©
Island Beach
Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park ©
Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park

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