16 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Great Ocean Road Itinerary

16 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Great Ocean Road Itinerary

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16 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Great Ocean Road Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Warrnambool
— 2 nights
bus + taxi:  1​h 30​min
4
Princetown
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Lorne
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Sydney

4
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Palm Beach and Terrigal Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Nan Tien Temple and Shelly Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Norah Head Lighthouse (in Norah Head), Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba) and Kiama Blowhole (in Kiama). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass, enjoy the sand and surf at Balmoral Beach, Mosman, and delve into the mystery of Olympia Milk Bar.

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The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Sydney. In September in Sydney, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kiama Blowhole, The National Pass, Palm Beach, Shelly Beach, Terrigal Beach
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Nan Tien Temple ©
Nan Tien Temple
Shelly Beach ©
Shelly Beach
Palm Beach ©
Palm Beach

4
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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Bring the kids along to Eastern Beach Reserve and Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St. Patrick's Cathedral and St Paul's Cathedral. Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee) and Ballarat (Art Gallery of Ballarat & Ballarat Wildlife Park). There's still lots to do: have fun and explore at Australian Centre for the Moving Image, steep yourself in history at Cooks' Cottage, get engrossed in the history at Immigration Museum, and take a stroll through Degraves Street.

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You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in September, expect Melbourne to be slightly colder, temps between 20°C and 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Warrnambool.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Museums, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Ballarat, Werribee Open Range Zoo, Eastern Beach Reserve, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park

2
nights
Warrnambool

Warrnambool ©
Warrnambool is a regional centre and former port city on the south-western coast of Victoria, Australia. Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): stroll through Logan's Beach, then see the interesting displays at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, then look for all kinds of wild species at Thunder point Coastal Reserve, and finally get impressive views of Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Bay of Islands, take in the exciting artwork at Blarney Books and Art, and then head off the coast to Griffiths Island.

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You can fly from Melbourne to Warrnambool in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Princetown.

Things to do in Warrnambool

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches

Side Trip

Port Fairy
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Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve ©
Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve
Logan's Beach ©
Logan's Beach
Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village ©
Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village

2
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Princetown

Princetown ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Port Campbell National Park. Keep things going the next day: get some fabulous bargains at Apostle Whey Cheese, then take in the dramatic natural features at London Bridge, then take some stellar pictures from Loch Ard Gorge, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Gibsons Steps.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Princetown day trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Warrnambool to Princetown takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Lorne.

Things to do in Princetown

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Port Campbell
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Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge
Gibsons Steps ©
Gibsons Steps

3
nights
Lorne

Lorne ©
Lorne is a seaside town on Louttit Bay in Victoria, Australia. Get in touch with nature at Mait's Rest and Great Ocean Walk. Split Point Lighthouse and Great Ocean Road Story are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Make the 11th (Thu) an awe-inspiring day at Lorne Beach. It doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Erskine Falls and make a trip to Teddy's Lookout.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Lorne trip planning website .

You can drive from Princetown to Lorne in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lorne

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Apollo Bay, Split Point Lighthouse
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Mait's Rest ©
Mait's Rest
Lorne Beach ©
Lorne Beach
Great Ocean Walk ©
Great Ocean Walk

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