16 days in Victoria Itinerary

16 days in Victoria Itinerary

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16 days in Victoria Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Drive:  1​h 45​min
1
Bendigo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Ballarat
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Warrnambool
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Apollo Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Wilsons Promontory National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

3
nights
Bendigo

Bendigo ©
The architect Vahland had designs to make Bendigo a "Vienna of the south" by encouraging European artisans to immigrate to the city.
Visit Main Street and Eaglehawk Log Lock Up for their historical value. Take a break from the city and head to Terrick Terrick National Park and Mount Tarrengower Lookout. Change things up with these side-trips from Bendigo: Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park (in Chewton), Tabilk Wetlands and Wildlife Reserve (in Tabilk) and Lake Nagambie (in Nagambie). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Henry of Harcourt.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Bendigo attractions site .

Melbourne to Bendigo is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Ballarat.

Things to do in Bendigo

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Maldon, Henry of Harcourt, Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park, Lake Nagambie, Terrick Terrick National Park
Find places to stay May 15 — 18:
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Terrick Terrick National Park ©
Terrick Terrick National Park

2
nights
Ballarat

Ballarat ©
Modern Ballarat is known for its study and innovation of alternative energy sources.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): explore the galleries of Stony Creek Gallery, then take in nature's colorful creations at Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve, then do a tasting at Captains Creek Organic Wines, and finally ride a horse along Hepburn Lagoon - Trail Rides. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Passing Clouds Winery, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Daylesford Cider Company, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Patrick's Cathedral, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Augustine's Church.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Ballarat online trip maker .

Getting from Bendigo to Ballarat by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. May in Ballarat sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Warrnambool.

Things to do in Ballarat

Wineries Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Daylesford, Hepburn Springs, Captains Creek Organic Wines, St Augustine's Church
Find places to stay May 18 — 20:
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St Patrick's Cathedral ©
St Patrick's Cathedral
Captains Creek Organic Wines ©
Captains Creek Organic Wines
Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve ©
Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve

3
nights
Warrnambool

Warrnambool ©
Warrnambool is a regional centre and former port city on the south-western coast of Victoria, Australia. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Port Campbell precinct and foreshore and Foreshore Promenade. Escape the urban bustle at The Arch and Gibsons Steps. Get out of town with these interesting Warrnambool side-trips: Griffiths Island Lighthouse (in Port Fairy) and Bay of Martyrs (in Peterborough). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Thunder point Coastal Reserve, view the masterpieces at Whale Bone Studio Arts, and stroll the grounds of Tower Hill Cemetery.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Warrnambool travel route site .

Drive from Ballarat to Warrnambool in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Apollo Bay.

Things to do in Warrnambool

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Port Campbell, Port Fairy, Bay of Martyrs
Find places to stay May 20 — 23:
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Foreshore Promenade ©
Foreshore Promenade
Port Campbell precinct and foreshore ©
Thunder point Coastal Reserve ©
Thunder point Coastal Reserve

3
nights
Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay ©
Apollo Bay is a coastal town in southwestern Victoria, Australia. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hopetoun Falls and The Redwoods. Escape the urban bustle at Great Otway National Park and Triplet Falls. Venture out of the city with trips to Barwon Park (in Winchelsea), Hugs Across The Cosmos (in Lavers Hill) and Blakes Estate Winery (in Deans Marsh).

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Apollo Bay trip planner.

Traveling by car from Warrnambool to Apollo Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Wilsons Promontory National Park.

Things to do in Apollo Bay

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Beech Forest, Barwon Park, Hugs Across The Cosmos, Blakes Estate Winery, Great Otway National Park
Find places to stay May 23 — 26:
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The Redwoods ©
The Redwoods
Great Otway National Park ©
Great Otway National Park
Barwon Park ©
Barwon Park

4
nights
Wilsons Promontory National Park

Wilsons Promontory National Park ©
Fondly known as ‘The Prom’, Wilsons Promontory is one of Victoria’s best loved national parks.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Little Waterloo Bay and Waratah Bay Foreshore Reserve. Get a sense of the local culture at Walkerville Lime Kilns and Ride the Wild Goat Gallery and Workshop. Explore Wilsons Promontory National Park's surroundings by going to Great Southern Rail Trail (in Leongatha), Pearl Park (in Foster) and Screw Creek Townsend Bluff Estuary Walk (in Inverloch). There's more to do: kick back and relax at Picnic Bay and get great views at Norman Lookout.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Wilsons Promontory National Park online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Apollo Bay to Wilsons Promontory National Park takes 5.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Wilsons Promontory National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Pearl Park, Screw Creek Townsend Bluff Estuary Walk, Great Southern Rail Trail, Walkerville Lime Kilns, Waratah Bay Foreshore Reserve
Find places to stay May 26 — 30:
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Great Southern Rail Trail ©
Great Southern Rail Trail
Walkerville Lime Kilns ©
Walkerville Lime Kilns
Norman Lookout ©
Norman Lookout

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