13 days in Yarra Valley, Melbourne & Cowes Itinerary

13 days in Yarra Valley, Melbourne & Cowes Itinerary

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13 days in Yarra Valley, Melbourne & Cowes Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
Fly + Drive:  14​h 15​min
1
Yarra Glen
— 1 day
bus:  15​min
2
Healesville
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
3
Belgrave
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
4
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Cowes
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Bangkok

1
day
Yarra Glen

Yarra Glen ©
Yarra Glen is a town in Victoria, Australia, 40 km north-east from Melbourne's central business district. On the 7th (Sun), do a tasting at Sutherland Estate, learn about winemaking at Yileena Park, then examine the collection at Yarra Ranges Regional Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Yarra Glen vacation website .

Bangkok, Thailand to Yarra Glen is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Bangkok to Yarra Glen. In April, Yarra Glen is much colder than Bangkok - with highs of 24°C and lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Healesville.

Things to do in Yarra Glen

Wineries Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lilydale
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Sutherland Estate ©
Sutherland Estate
Yarra Ranges Regional Museum ©
Yarra Ranges Regional Museum
Yileena Park ©
Yileena Park

2
nights
Healesville

Healesville ©
Healesville's population of over 6,500 thrives on horticulture, tourism, and viticulture (the study of grapes).
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): do a tasting at Domaine Chandon Winery, then do a tasting at Helen & Joey Estate-Best Winery in Yarra Valley, then learn about winemaking at Maddens Rise, and finally take an in-depth tour of Marysville & District Historical Society. On the next day, sample the fine beverages at Four Pillars Distillery, admire the verdant scenery at Healesville Sanctuary, and then view the masterpieces at Bruno's Art and Sculpture Garden.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Healesville online trip itinerary maker .

Healesville is just a stone's throw from Yarra Glen. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in April, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Belgrave.

Things to do in Healesville

Wineries Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Marysville, Coldstream, Helen & Joey Estate-Yarra Valley
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Maddens Rise ©
Maddens Rise
Bruno's Art and Sculpture Garden ©
Four Pillars Distillery ©
Four Pillars Distillery

2
nights
Belgrave

Belgrave ©
On the 10th (Wed), steep yourself in history at William Ricketts Sanctuary, then take in the exciting artwork at McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park, then look for all kinds of wild species at Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, and finally look for gifts at Mangana. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Mont De Lancey Historic Homestead, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Cannibal, and then learn about all things military at The Light Horse & Field Artillery Museum.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Belgrave trip planner.

You can drive from Healesville to Belgrave in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In April in Belgrave, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Belgrave

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Mont De Lancey Historic Homestead, The Light Horse & Field Artillery Museum, McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park, William Ricketts Sanctuary, Mangana
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William Ricketts Sanctuary ©
William Ricketts Sanctuary
Mount Cannibal ©
Mount Cannibal

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Brighton Beach and St Paul's Cathedral. Get in touch with nature at Melbourne Zoo and St. Kilda Beach. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne sightseeing planning tool .

Drive from Belgrave to Melbourne in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cowes.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Brighton Beach, St. Kilda Beach
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St Paul's Cathedral ©
St Paul's Cathedral
Brighton Beach ©
Brighton Beach
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

3
nights
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 15th (Mon): browse for treasures at Cowes Bazaar and Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Phillip Island Wildlife Park, then join the crowd at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, then head off the coast to Koala Conservation Centre, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Forrest Caves.

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Drive from Melbourne to Cowes in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Mornington Peninsula National Park, The Nobbies Centre, Forrest Caves
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Phillip Island Wildlife Park ©
Phillip Island Wildlife Park
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit ©
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
Koala Conservation Centre ©
Koala Conservation Centre

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