16 days in Great Ocean Road & Launceston Itinerary

16 days in Great Ocean Road & Launceston Itinerary

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16 days in Great Ocean Road & Launceston Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
1
Torquay
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Apollo Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Warrnambool
— 3 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
4
Launceston
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Sydney

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.
Attractions like Lorne Beach and Ocean Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Torquay side-trips: Split Point Lighthouse (in Aireys Inlet) and Lorne (Teddy's Lookout & Erskine Falls). And it doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at The Great Ocean Road, tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Impossible Surf Beach, and kick back and relax at Bells Beach.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Torquay online holiday planner .

Sydney to Torquay is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, Torquay is little chillier at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Apollo Bay.

Things to do in Torquay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Lorne, Ocean Beach, Split Point Lighthouse
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The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Erskine Falls ©
Erskine Falls
Lorne Beach ©
Lorne Beach

3
nights
Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay ©
Apollo Bay is a coastal town in southwestern Victoria, Australia. Change things up with these side-trips from Apollo Bay: Port Campbell (Port Campbell National Park, The Razorback, & more). There's still lots to do: take a peaceful walk through Mait's Rest, hike along Great Ocean Walk, take a memorable drive along Great Ocean Road, and play a few rounds at Apollo Bay Golf Club.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Apollo Bay itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Torquay to Apollo Bay in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Warrnambool.

Things to do in Apollo Bay

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Port Campbell
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Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
Mait's Rest ©
Mait's Rest
Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge

3
nights
Warrnambool

Warrnambool ©
Warrnambool is a regional centre and former port city on the south-western coast of Victoria, Australia. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve and Thunder point Coastal Reserve. Change things up with these side-trips from Warrnambool: Port Campbell (London Bridge & The Twelve Apostles). The adventure continues: stroll around Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground, tour the pleasant surroundings at Logan's Beach, head off the coast to Griffiths Island, and explore the activities along Bay of Islands.

To find maps and more tourist information, read our Warrnambool trip planner .

Traveling by car from Apollo Bay to Warrnambool takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Launceston.

Things to do in Warrnambool

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Campbell, Griffiths Island
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Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve ©
Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve
London Bridge ©
London Bridge
Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground ©
Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground

5
nights
Launceston

Launceston ©
Lying in the Tamar Valley and surrounded by forested hills, the grid-patterned city of Launceston boasts shaded avenues, vibrant street life, and a cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Attractions like Cataract Gorge Reserve and Tasmazia & The Village of Lower Crackpot make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Launceston: Beauty Point (Platypus House & Seahorse World), Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre (in Beaconsfield) and World Of Marbles (in Sheffield). The adventure continues: admire the verdant scenery at The Tamar Valley, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, identify plant and animal life at Tamar Island Wetlands, and Head underground at Mole Creek Caves.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Launceston vacation maker website .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Warrnambool to Launceston takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in January, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Mole Creek, Sheffield, Beauty Point, Rowella, Ashgrove Tasmanian Farm Cheese
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
Seahorse World ©
Seahorse World

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