12 days in Victoria Itinerary

12 days in Victoria Itinerary

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12 days in Victoria Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 30​min
1
Ballarat
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Warrnambool
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Torquay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Cowes
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Sydney


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1
night
Ballarat

Ballarat ©
Modern Ballarat is known for its study and innovation of alternative energy sources.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Wendouree.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Ballarat visit planner .

Sydney to Ballarat is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or drive. In September, Ballarat is a bit cooler than Sydney - with highs of 20°C and lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Warrnambool.

Things to do in Ballarat

Museums Historic Sites Nature
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Sovereign Hill ©
Sovereign Hill
Lake Wendouree ©
Lake Wendouree
Art Gallery of Ballarat ©
Art Gallery of Ballarat

2
nights
Warrnambool

Warrnambool ©
Warrnambool is a regional centre and former port city on the south-western coast of Victoria, Australia. On the 2nd (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Logan's Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground, then look for all kinds of wild species at Thunder point Coastal Reserve, and finally identify plant and animal life at Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Bay of Islands, then identify plant and animal life at Childer's Cove, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Foreshore Promenade, and finally tour the water at your own pace with Lake Pertobe Motor Boats.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Warrnambool travel route planning site .

You can drive from Ballarat to Warrnambool in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Torquay.

Things to do in Warrnambool

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Childer's Cove
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Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve ©
Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve
Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground ©
Bay of Islands ©
Bay of Islands

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 4th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Bells Beach and then take a memorable drive along The Great Ocean Road.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Torquay trip planner .

Drive from Warrnambool to Torquay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Torquay are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cowes.

Things to do in Torquay

Outdoors Scenic Drive Beaches
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The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Bells Beach ©
Bells Beach

3
nights
Cowes

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Koala Conservation Centre and Rhyll Inlet State Wildlife Reserve. Spend the 6th (Sun) exploring nature at Churchill Island Marine National Park. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Phillip Island Wildlife Park and admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Nobbies Centre.

For maps and more tourist information, read Cowes trip itinerary app .

Getting from Torquay to Cowes by combination of car and ferry takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in October, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Phillip Island, The Nobbies Centre, Churchill Island Marine National Park, Rhyll Inlet State Wildlife Reserve
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Koala Conservation Centre ©
Koala Conservation Centre
Phillip Island Wildlife Park ©
Phillip Island Wildlife Park
Rhyll Inlet State Wildlife Reserve ©

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.
Kids will enjoy St. Kilda Beach and Melbourne Museum. You'll explore and learn at National Gallery of Victoria and Shrine of Remembrance. Spend the 9th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, explore the landscape on two wheels at Catani Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and look for all kinds of wild species at Trin Warren Tam-boore.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Melbourne online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Cowes to Melbourne by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of taxi and train. In October, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

St Kilda
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St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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