15 days in Eden, Great Ocean Road & Melbourne Itinerary

15 days in Eden, Great Ocean Road & Melbourne Itinerary

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15 days in Eden, Great Ocean Road & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
1
Eden
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 45​min
2
Port Fairy
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Port Campbell
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Kennett River
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Torquay
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Sydney


2
nights
Eden

Eden ©
Eden is a coastal town in the South Coast region of New South Wales, Australia. Kids will appreciate attractions like Magic Mountain and Panboola Wetlands. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pambula Beach and Killer Whale Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Short Point Recreation Reserve (in Merimbula) and Tathra Memorial Gardens Walk (in Tathra). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Cocora Beach and relax in the rural setting at Broadwater Oysters.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Eden online driving holiday planner .

Sydney to Eden is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Eden hover around 26°C and lows are around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Port Fairy.

Things to do in Eden

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Merimbula, Panboola Wetlands, Broadwater Oysters, Tathra Memorial Gardens Walk, Pambula Beach
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Cocora Beach ©
Cocora Beach
Broadwater Oysters ©
Broadwater Oysters
Panboola Wetlands ©
Panboola Wetlands

1
day
Port Fairy

Port Fairy ©
Port Fairy is a coastal town in south-western Victoria, Australia. On the 18th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground, contemplate the geological forces at Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve, and then step off the mainland to explore Griffiths Island.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Port Fairy holiday site .

Traveling by car from Eden to Port Fairy takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Port Fairy

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Warrnambool
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Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve ©
Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve
Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground ©
Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground
Griffiths Island ©
Griffiths Island

3
nights
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at London Bridge and Apostle Whey Cheese. Kids will enjoy Loch Ard Gorge and Port Campbell precinct and foreshore. Spend the 20th (Thu) exploring nature at Port Campbell National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at The Twelve Apostles and don't miss a visit to Gibsons Steps.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Campbell trip planner .

You can drive from Port Fairy to Port Campbell in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Kennett River.

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
Gibsons Steps ©
Gibsons Steps

2
nights
Kennett River

Kennett River ©
Kennett River is a small seaside town in Victoria, Australia.Situated 174km west of Melbourne, on the Otway Coast part of the scenic Great Ocean Road, Kennett River is a popular tourist destination 27km from the resort town of Lorne, Victoria.HistoryThe river running through the town was named by surveyor George Smythe after the River Kennet in Berkshire, England.In 1882 Alex MacLennan was, with his cousins the MacReas, looking for an area suited to farming and fishing, and chose this site, west of the MacRea's chosen site, which he named The Kennet. On the 22nd (Sat), trek along Great Ocean Walk and then stroll through Mait's Rest. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Kennet River Koala Walk, then make a trip to Teddy's Lookout, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Erskine Falls.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kennett River trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Port Campbell to Kennett River takes 2 hours. In December in Kennett River, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Torquay.

Things to do in Kennett River

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Apollo Bay, Lorne
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Great Ocean Walk ©
Great Ocean Walk
Mait's Rest ©
Mait's Rest
Erskine Falls ©
Erskine Falls

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Eastern Beach Reserve and Bells Beach. Attractions like The Enchanted Adventure Garden and 13th Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Torquay: Portsea Back Beach (in Portsea), The Rock Adventure Centre (in Geelong) and Hart's Farm (in Shoreham). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along The Great Ocean Road.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Torquay itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Kennett River to Torquay takes 1.5 hours. In December in Torquay, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Torquay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Geelong, Portsea Back Beach, 13th Beach, The Enchanted Adventure Garden, Hart's Farm
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The Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
The Enchanted Adventure Garden ©
The Enchanted Adventure Garden

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.
Attractions like Melbourne Zoo and Fitzroy Gardens make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, make a trip to Flinders Street Station, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Melbourne journey planner .

You can drive from Torquay to Melbourne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daytime highs in Melbourne are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Museums
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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