13 days in Sydney, Great Ocean Road & Melbourne Itinerary

13 days in Sydney, Great Ocean Road & Melbourne Itinerary

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13 days in Sydney, Great Ocean Road & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Manila, Luzon
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
2
Torquay
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Apollo Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Port Fairy
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Port Campbell
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Manila, Luzon

2
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Manly Beach and Shelly Beach. Shop till you drop at Sydney Fish Market and Billich Gallery. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planning tool .

Manila, Philippines to Sydney is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Manila to Sydney, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Manila in April; daily highs in Sydney reach 26°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Torquay.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Scenic Walkway ©
Manly Scenic Walkway

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Bells Beach, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Anglesea Bike Park, then look for gifts at Great Escape Books, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Erskine Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the lush surroundings at Lorne Beach.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Torquay trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight, shuttle, and bus from Sydney to Torquay takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 11°C in Torquay. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to Apollo Bay.

Things to do in Torquay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lorne, Anglesea Bike Park, Great Escape Books
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Bells Beach ©
Bells Beach
Lorne Beach ©
Lorne 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 30th (Tue): take a memorable drive along Great Ocean Road, hike along Great Ocean Walk, and then stroll through Mait's Rest.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Apollo Bay tour planner.

You can drive from Torquay to Apollo Bay in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Port Fairy.

Things to do in Apollo Bay

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Great Ocean Walk ©
Great Ocean Walk
Mait's Rest ©
Mait's Rest
Great Ocean Road ©
Great Ocean Road

1
night
Port Fairy

Port Fairy ©
Port Fairy is a coastal town in south-western Victoria, Australia. On the 1st (Wed), pick up some local products at PORT FAIRY FARMERS MARKET, then enjoy the sea views from Griffiths Island Lighthouse, then step off the mainland to explore Griffiths Island, and finally explore the galleries of Whale Bone Studio Arts.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Fairy trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Apollo Bay to Port Fairy takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Port Fairy

Parks Nature Shopping
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Griffiths Island ©
Griffiths Island

2
nights
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Port Campbell National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at London Bridge, get great views at Loch Ard Gorge, make a trip to Gibsons Steps, then get some fabulous bargains at Apostle Whey Cheese, and finally explore the striking landscape at The Razorback.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Port Campbell day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Port Fairy to Port Campbell takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Melbourne.

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

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Eastern Beach Reserve and Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park. Get outdoors at Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo. There's more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Port Campbell to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Beaches

Side Trips

Werribee Open Range Zoo, Eastern Beach Reserve, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo

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