12 days in Melbourne, Phillip Island & Mount Buller Itinerary

12 days in Melbourne, Phillip Island & Mount Buller Itinerary

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12 days in Melbourne, Phillip Island & Mount Buller Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  11​h
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Cowes
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Mount Buller
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get in touch with nature at St. Kilda Beach and Trin Warren Tam-boore. Get some cultural insight at Melbourne Museum and National Sports Museum. Spend the 3rd (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: take in the local highlights with Royal Botanic Gardens, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, get a taste of the local shopping with Degraves Street, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St Paul's Cathedral.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip itinerary planning app .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Melbourne is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in July; daily highs in Melbourne reach 15°C and lows reach 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cowes.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

4
nights
Cowes

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Get in touch with nature at Koala Conservation Centre and Churchill Island Marine National Park. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Phillip Island Winery and National Vietnam Veterans Museum. There's still lots to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Nobbies Centre, look for all kinds of wild species at Phillip Island Wildlife Park, stroll through Cape Woolamai Beach, and hike along Swan Lake Trail.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cowes online route maker .

You can drive from Melbourne to Cowes in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. July in Cowes sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Mount Buller.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Newhaven, Rhyll, Summerlands, Phillip Island, Phillip Island Winery
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Koala Conservation Centre ©
Koala Conservation Centre
Phillip Island Wildlife Park ©
Phillip Island Wildlife Park
The Nobbies Centre ©
The Nobbies Centre

1
night
Mount Buller

Mount Buller ©
Mount Buller is a town located in the Shire of Mansfield in the Alpine region of the Australian state of Victoria. On the 12th (Fri), hit the slopes at Mt Buller.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Mount Buller trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cowes to Mount Buller. You'll set off for home on the 13th (Sat).

Things to do in Mount Buller

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks
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Mt Buller ©
Mt Buller

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