16 days in Melbourne, Rutherglen & Ballarat Itinerary

16 days in Melbourne, Rutherglen & Ballarat Itinerary

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16 days in Melbourne, Rutherglen & Ballarat Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Rutherglen
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Ballarat
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Melbourne
— 6 nights
End: Melbourne

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.
Appreciate the collections at Shrine of Remembrance and Federation Square. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Melbourne Central and Collins St/Swanston St. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, take a stroll through Degraves Street, let your taste buds guide you at The Visitor, and steep yourself in history at St Paul's Cathedral.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne trip planning website .

If you are flying in from Hong Kong, the closest major airport is Melbourne International Airport. In April, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Rutherglen.

Things to do in Melbourne

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks
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Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens

2
nights
Rutherglen

Rutherglen ©
Rutherglen is a small town in north-eastern Victoria, Australia, near the Murray River border with New South Wales. Tour de Vines has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): make a short side trip with Tour de Vines. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Woolshed Waterfalls, get engrossed in the history at Beechworth Historic Courthouse, then contemplate the long history of Beechworth Gaol Unlocked, then contemplate the long history of Beechworth Telegraph Station, and finally look for gifts at Beechworth Honey Experience.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Rutherglen trip planner .

Traveling by car from Melbourne to Rutherglen takes 3.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Rutherglen when traveling from Melbourne in April, with lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Rutherglen

Tours Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Beechworth
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Tour de Vines ©
Tour de Vines
Beechworth Historic Courthouse ©
Beechworth Historic Courthouse
Beechworth Honey Experience ©
Beechworth Honey Experience

3
nights
Melbourne

Head to Bourke Street Mall and Melbourne's GPO - Shopping Centrefor plenty of shopping. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old Melbourne Gaol and Melbourne Laneways. See some other sides of Melbourne: get engrossed in the history at Immigration Museum and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne online vacation planner .

Getting from Rutherglen to Melbourne by car takes about 3.5 hours. On the 28th (Sun), you'll travel to Ballarat.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol
Immigration Museum ©
Immigration Museum

1
night
Ballarat

Ballarat ©
Modern Ballarat is known for its study and innovation of alternative energy sources.
On the 28th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Sovereign Hill, then explore by horseback at Hepburn Lagoon - Trail Rides, and then browse for treasures at The Mill Markets. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of The Gold Museum, then view the masterpieces at Art Gallery of Ballarat, then look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Wendouree, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Ballarat Botanical Gardens.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Ballarat road trip planner.

You can take a train from Melbourne to Ballarat in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Melbourne.

Things to do in Ballarat

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hepburn Lagoon - Trail Rides, The Mill Markets
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Sovereign Hill ©
Sovereign Hill
Art Gallery of Ballarat ©
Art Gallery of Ballarat
Lake Wendouree ©
Lake Wendouree

6
nights
Melbourne

Head to Blender Studios and Royal Arcadefor some retail therapy. Take a break from the city and head to Balloon Rides and Koala Conservation Centre. Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: Yileena Park (in Yarra Glen), Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee) and Corniola Wines (in Dixons Creek). See some other sides of Melbourne: kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach, admire the landmark architecture of Royal Exhibition Building, admire the natural beauty at Fitzroy Gardens, and learn about winemaking at Panton Hill Vineyard and Winery.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne online route planner .

Traveling by train from Ballarat to Melbourne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Yarra Glen, Werribee Open Range Zoo, Koala Conservation Centre, St. Kilda Beach
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Balloon Rides
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Koala Conservation Centre ©
Koala Conservation Centre

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