10 days in Melbourne & Ballarat Itinerary

10 days in Melbourne & Ballarat Itinerary

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10 days in Melbourne & Ballarat Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 6 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Ballarat
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

6
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll get in some beach time at St. Kilda Beach and Half Moon Bay. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Melbourne Central and Readings Book Shop. Go for a jaunt from Melbourne to Torquay to see The Great Ocean Road about 1h 40 min away. Spend the 8th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Warrandyte State Park, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, and look for all kinds of wild species at Trin Warren Tam-boore.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Melbourne day trip planning site .

If you are flying in from Malaysia, the closest major airport is Melbourne International Airport. December in Melbourne sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

The Great Ocean Road, St. Kilda Beach
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The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Nature & Wildlife Tours
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach

3
nights
Ballarat

Ballarat ©
Modern Ballarat is known for its study and innovation of alternative energy sources.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Ballarat Wildlife Park, view the masterpieces at Art Gallery of Ballarat, and then explore the activities along Lake Wendouree. On the next day, explore the galleries of Sovereign Hill, then browse for treasures at The Mill Markets, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Ballarat Botanical Gardens.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Ballarat trip itinerary app .

You can take a train from Melbourne to Ballarat in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Ballarat are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow time for the train ride back home.

Things to do in Ballarat

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Daylesford, Portal 108
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Lake Wendouree ©
Lake Wendouree
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park
Portal 108 ©
Portal 108

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