12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Torquay
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Apollo Bay
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
4
Lorne
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
5
Port Campbell
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
6
Warrnambool
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
7
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Visit Shrine of Remembrance and Old Melbourne Gaol for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Gallery of Victoria and Collins St/Swanston St. Get out of town with these interesting Melbourne side-trips: Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park (in Pearcedale) and Safety Beach (in Dromana). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Paul's Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Immigration Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne trip planner .

If you are flying in from Singapore, the closest major airport is Melbourne International Airport. In December in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Torquay.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Safety Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
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St Paul's Cathedral ©
St Paul's Cathedral
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

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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 22nd (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Anglican Church, Barwon Heads and then kick back and relax at Fisherman's Beach.

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You can drive from Melbourne to Torquay in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. December in Torquay sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Apollo Bay.

Things to do in Torquay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Anglican Church, Barwon Heads
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1
night
Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay ©
Apollo Bay is a coastal town in southwestern Victoria, Australia. To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Apollo Bay planner .

Drive from Torquay to Apollo Bay in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Lorne.

Things to do in Apollo Bay

Shopping
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Bay of Apostles ©
Bay of Apostles

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hours
Lorne

Lorne ©
Lorne is a seaside town on Louttit Bay in Victoria, Australia. For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Lorne trip planner.

Traveling by car from Apollo Bay to Lorne takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Lorne are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. On the 23rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Lorne

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Split Point Lighthouse
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Split Point Lighthouse ©
Split Point Lighthouse
Great Ocean Road Story ©
Great Ocean Road Story

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Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Port Campbell online travel route planner .

You can drive from Lorne to Port Campbell in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can take a bus to Warrnambool.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Wildlife
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Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge

1
night
Warrnambool

Warrnambool ©
Warrnambool is a regional centre and former port city on the south-western coast of Victoria, Australia. Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): grab your bike and head to Foreshore Promenade, then identify plant and animal life at Thunder point Coastal Reserve, and then stroll the grounds of Tower Hill Cemetery.

To see reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Warrnambool travel route builder site .

Traveling by bus from Port Campbell to Warrnambool takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Warrnambool

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Foreshore Promenade ©
Foreshore Promenade
Thunder point Coastal Reserve ©
Thunder point Coastal Reserve
Tower Hill Cemetery ©
Tower Hill Cemetery

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Dandenong Ranges National Park, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail, then take a stroll through Melbourne Central, and finally admire the striking features of Royal Exhibition Building.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne day trip planning tool .

Fly from Warrnambool to Melbourne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Dandenong Ranges National Park, Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail
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Dandenong Ranges National Park ©
Dandenong Ranges National Park
Degraves Street ©
Degraves Street
South Melbourne Market ©
South Melbourne Market

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nights
Sydney

Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Visit Manly Beach and Bondi Beach for some beach relaxation. Head to Sydney Fish Market and The Nookfor some retail therapy. Change things up with a short trip to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Katoomba (about 1h 40 min away). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through The Rocks, enjoy the sand and surf at Clovelly, get a taste of the local shopping with The Rocks Markets, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

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Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 21°C in Sydney. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, The Nook
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

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