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

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

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

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  14​h
1
Cowes
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Torquay
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Apollo Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Warrnambool
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

1
night
Cowes

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): get in on the family fun at A Maze'N Things, identify plant and animal life at Phillip Island Wildlife Park, and then browse for treasures at Cowes Bazaar and Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: head off the coast to Koala Conservation Centre, learn about all things military at National Vietnam Veterans Museum, head off the coast to Churchill Island, then get to know the resident critters at The Nobbies Centre, and finally bet on your favorite at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cowes online trip itinerary builder .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Cowes is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria), which is usually a 2 hour difference. In June, Cowes is cooler than Kuala Lumpur - with highs of 16°C and lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Torquay.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks

Side Trips

Churchill Island, National Vietnam Veterans Museum, Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, The Nobbies Centre
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Phillip Island Wildlife Park ©
Phillip Island Wildlife Park
A Maze'N Things ©
A Maze'N Things
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit ©
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit

2
nights
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 26th (Wed): kick back and relax at Lorne Beach. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, visit a coastal fixture at Split Point Lighthouse, then stop by Great Escape Books, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Erskine Falls.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Torquay online tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Cowes to Torquay in 3 hours. June in Torquay sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Apollo Bay.

Things to do in Torquay

Nature Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Aireys Inlet, Lorne
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Lorne Beach ©
Lorne Beach
Split Point Lighthouse ©
Split Point Lighthouse
Erskine Falls ©
Erskine Falls

2
nights
Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay ©
Apollo Bay is a coastal town in southwestern Victoria, Australia. On the 28th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Great Ocean Walk, then take a peaceful walk through Mait's Rest, and then get great views at Mariners Lookout. On your second day here, play a few rounds at Apollo Bay Golf Club, then take a memorable drive along Great Ocean Road, and then stop by High on Heels.

To plan Apollo Bay vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can drive from Torquay to Apollo Bay in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Warrnambool.

Things to do in Apollo Bay

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Great Ocean Walk ©
Great Ocean Walk
Mait's Rest ©
Mait's Rest
Apollo Bay Golf Club ©
Apollo Bay Golf Club

3
nights
Warrnambool

Warrnambool ©
Warrnambool is a regional centre and former port city on the south-western coast of Victoria, Australia. Explore hidden gems such as Logan's Beach and Loch Ard Gorge. Take a break from the city and head to London Bridge and Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve. Venture out of the city with trips to Port Campbell (Port Campbell National Park, Gibsons Steps, & more). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village.

To find more things to do and tourist information, you can read our Warrnambool trip site .

You can drive from Apollo Bay to Warrnambool in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Warrnambool

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Port Campbell
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Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge
Logan's Beach ©
Logan's Beach

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Melbourne Zoo and Eureka Skydeck 88. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Shrine of Remembrance and St Paul's Cathedral. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol.

Make your Melbourne itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Warrnambool to Melbourne by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. July in Melbourne sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 6°C at night. On the 5th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
St Paul's Cathedral ©
St Paul's Cathedral
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens

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