14 days in Melbourne, Yarra Valley & Mornington Peninsula Itinerary

14 days in Melbourne, Yarra Valley & Mornington Peninsula Itinerary

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14 days in Melbourne, Yarra Valley & Mornington Peninsula Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Healesville
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Carrum Downs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Balnarring
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
5
Sorrento
— 3 nights
Drive:  15​min
6
Portsea
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h
End: Sydney

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Let the collections at Melbourne Museum and Shrine of Remembrance capture your imagination. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at St. Patrick's Cathedral and Fitzroy Gardens. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, admire the natural beauty at Melbourne Zoo, take a stroll through Degraves Street, 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.

Sydney to Melbourne is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, Melbourne is a bit cooler at night with lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Healesville.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral
St Paul's Cathedral ©
St Paul's Cathedral
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

1
night
Healesville

Healesville ©
Healesville's population of over 6,500 thrives on horticulture, tourism, and viticulture (the study of grapes).
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): stop by Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery, identify plant and animal life at Fernshaw Picnic ground, and then head outdoors with Mount Donna Buang.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Healesville vacation planner .

Getting from Melbourne to Healesville by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. December in Healesville sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Carrum Downs.

Things to do in Healesville

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery, Mount Donna Buang
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Mount Donna Buang ©
Mount Donna Buang
Fernshaw Picnic ground ©
Fernshaw Picnic ground

2
nights
Carrum Downs

Carrum Downs ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Dandenong Ranges National Park. On your second day here, make a splash at Melbourne Cable Park, then kick back and relax at Chelsea Beach, and then kick back and relax at Carrum Beach.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Carrum Downs visit planner.

Traveling by car from Healesville to Carrum Downs takes 1.5 hours. In December in Carrum Downs, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Balnarring.

Things to do in Carrum Downs

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Dandenong, Carrum Beach, Chelsea Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
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Dandenong Ranges National Park ©
Dandenong Ranges National Park
Chelsea Beach ©
Chelsea Beach

1
night
Balnarring

Balnarring ©
Balnarring is a town in Victoria, Australia, in the southeastern Mornington Peninsula about halfway between Hastings and Flinders. On the 24th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Ocean Beach, then admire the natural beauty at The Enchanted Adventure Garden, then do a tasting at Main Ridge Estate, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Somers Beach.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Balnarring trip planner.

You can drive from Carrum Downs to Balnarring in an hour. In December, daytime highs in Balnarring are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sorrento.

Things to do in Balnarring

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Somers Beach, Ocean Beach, The Enchanted Adventure Garden, Main Ridge Estate
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Somers Beach ©
Somers Beach
The Enchanted Adventure Garden ©
The Enchanted Adventure Garden
Ocean Beach ©
Ocean Beach

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nights
Sorrento

Sorrento ©
Explore hidden gems such as McCrae Beach and Swim with Dolphins. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Gunnamatta Beach and St Pauls Beach. Take a break from Sorrento with a short trip to Cape Schanck Lighthouse in Cape Schanck, about 30 minutes away.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Sorrento trip tool .

You can drive from Balnarring to Sorrento in an hour. In December, daytime highs in Sorrento are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Portsea.

Things to do in Sorrento

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

McCrae, Cape Schanck Lighthouse, Gunnamatta Beach, Pearses Beach
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McCrae Beach ©
McCrae Beach
Cape Schanck Lighthouse ©
Cape Schanck Lighthouse
Swim with Dolphins

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nights
Portsea

Portsea ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bells Beach and 13th Beach. Take a break from the city and head to The Great Ocean Road and Point Nepean National Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Portsea: Torquay (Torquay Farmers' Market, Torquay Central Farmers Market, & more).

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Portsea trip maker website .

Portsea is just a short distance from Sorrento. In December, daytime highs in Portsea are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Portsea

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Torquay, Point Lonsdale Lighthouse, The Rip, 13th Beach
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Point Nepean National Park ©
Point Nepean National Park
Bells Beach ©
Bells Beach
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road

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