12 days in Phillip Island, Great Ocean Road & Melbourne Itinerary

12 days in Phillip Island, Great Ocean Road & Melbourne Itinerary

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12 days in Phillip Island, Great Ocean Road & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly + Drive:  13​h 15​min
1
Cowes
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Port Campbell
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Torquay
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Singapore

2
nights
Cowes

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Cowes is known for wildlife, nature, theme parks, wineries, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Koala Conservation Centre, find something for the whole family at A Maze'N Things, brush up on your military savvy at National Vietnam Veterans Museum, and stroll through Cape Woolamai Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Cowes visit planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Cowes is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Singapore to Cowes. When traveling from Singapore in December, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Cowes: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ventnor, Cape Woolamai Beach, Rhyll Jetty, The Nobbies Centre, National Vietnam Veterans Museum
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Koala Conservation Centre ©
Koala Conservation Centre
Kitty Miller Bay ©
Kitty Miller Bay
The Nobbies Centre ©
The Nobbies Centre

2
nights
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Port Campbell National Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at London Bridge, take in the dramatic natural features at The Twelve Apostles, then get great views at Loch Ard Gorge, and finally make a trip to Gibsons Steps.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Port Campbell driving holiday tool .

Getting from Cowes to Port Campbell by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Torquay.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge
London Bridge ©
London Bridge

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then cruise along The Great Ocean Road, and then get great views at Point Danger Lookout.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Torquay online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Port Campbell to Torquay by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Torquay can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Torquay

Scenic Drive Outdoors Spas
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The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Point Danger Lookout ©
Point Danger Lookout

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.
Dedicate the 5th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Torquay to Melbourne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Parks
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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