13 days in Sydney & Great Ocean Road Itinerary

13 days in Sydney & Great Ocean Road Itinerary

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13 days in Sydney & Great Ocean Road Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
2
Torquay
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Apollo Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Port Campbell
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Port Fairy
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Nelson
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Sydney

3
nights
Sydney

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Manly Beach and Shelly Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Bondi Beach and Clovelly. Take a break from Sydney with a short trip to Palm Beach in Palm Beach, about 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney trip maker tool .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Sydney. In February, daytime highs in Sydney are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Torquay.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Shelly Beach, Palm Beach
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lorne Beach and Erskine Falls. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bells Beach and Torquay Front Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Torquay side-trips: Aireys Inlet (Split Point Lighthouse & Great Escape Books). There's more to do: take a memorable drive along The Great Ocean Road.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Torquay itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus from Sydney to Torquay in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Sydney in February since evenings lows in Torquay dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Apollo Bay.

Things to do in Torquay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Aireys Inlet, Lorne
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Lorne Beach ©
Lorne Beach
Bells Beach ©
Bells Beach
Erskine Falls ©
Erskine Falls

1
night
Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay ©
Apollo Bay is a coastal town in southwestern Victoria, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): trek along Great Ocean Walk, take a peaceful walk through Mait's Rest, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Carisbrook Waterfall.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Apollo Bay trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Torquay to Apollo Bay in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Apollo Bay

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Great Ocean Walk ©
Great Ocean Walk
Mait's Rest ©
Mait's Rest
Carisbrook Waterfall ©
Carisbrook Waterfall

3
nights
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Step off the beaten path and head to London Bridge and Apostle Whey Cheese. Visiting Loch Ard Gorge and Gibsons Steps will get you outdoors. Spend the 26th (Tue) exploring nature at Port Campbell National Park. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Port Campbell precinct and foreshore, explore the striking landscape at The Razorback, and make a trip to The Grotto.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Campbell day trip planning app .

You can drive from Apollo Bay to Port Campbell in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Port Fairy.

Things to do in Port Campbell

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

1
night
Port Fairy

Port Fairy ©
Port Fairy is a coastal town in south-western Victoria, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): view the masterpieces at Whale Bone Studio Arts, view the masterpieces at Blarney Books and Art, then step off the mainland to explore Griffiths Island, then admire the striking features of Griffiths Island Lighthouse, and finally savor the flavors at PORT FAIRY FARMERS MARKET.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Port Fairy online day trip planner .

You can drive from Port Campbell to Port Fairy in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Nelson.

Things to do in Port Fairy

Shopping Nature Parks
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Blarney Books and Art ©
Blarney Books and Art
Griffiths Island ©
Griffiths Island

1
night
Nelson

Nelson ©
Nelson is a small fishing town in Victoria, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lower Glenelg National Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Nelson trip planner .

You can drive from Port Fairy to Nelson in 1.5 hours. In March in Nelson, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nelson

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Lower Glenelg National Park ©
Lower Glenelg National Park

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