18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Torquay
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Apollo Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Peterborough
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Port Fairy
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Halls Gap
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
End: Melbourne

6
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll get in some beach time at St. Kilda Beach and Port Melbourne Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Royal Botanic Gardens and Half Moon Bay. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Melbourne Zoo, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and don't miss a visit to Block Arcade.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip planner .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Melbourne. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. On the 24th (Sun), you'll travel to Torquay.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Balloon Rides
Half Moon Bay ©
Half Moon Bay

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.
Get in touch with nature at The Great Ocean Road and Lorne Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Torquay: Panorama Garden Estate (in Boneo), Hart's Farm (in Shoreham) and Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm (in Main Ridge). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Bells Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Erskine Falls, look for gifts at Anglesea Surf Centre, and get to know the resident critters at The Nobbies Centre.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Torquay road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Melbourne to Torquay takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Torquay are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to Apollo Bay.

Things to do in Torquay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lorne, Anglesea Surf Centre, Hart's Farm, Panorama Garden Estate, Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm
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The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Lorne Beach ©
Lorne Beach
Erskine Falls ©
Erskine Falls

3
nights
Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay ©
Apollo Bay is a coastal town in southwestern Victoria, Australia. Take a break from the city and head to Johanna Beach and Great Ocean Walk. Change things up with these side-trips from Apollo Bay: Kennet River Koala Walk (in Kennett River), Otway Fly Treetop Adventures (in Weeaproinah) and Cape Otway Lightstation (in Cape Otway). The adventure continues: take a peaceful walk through Mait's Rest, look for gifts at High on Heels, get great views at Mariners Lookout, and take a memorable drive along Great Ocean Road.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Apollo Bay vacation site .

Traveling by car from Torquay to Apollo Bay takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Peterborough.

Things to do in Apollo Bay

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Otway Fly Treetop Adventures, Kennet River Koala Walk, Johanna Beach, Cape Otway Lightstation
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Otway Fly Treetop Adventures ©
Otway Fly Treetop Adventures
Great Ocean Walk ©
Great Ocean Walk
Mait's Rest ©
Mait's Rest

1
night
Peterborough

Peterborough ©
Peterborough is a town on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia; approximately three hours' drive from Melbourne.HistoryThe town was believed to have been founded when the schooner SS Schomberg was wrecked in the middle of the 19th century, though the town was not sufficiently populated to justify a Post Office until 10 April 1890. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): snap pictures at Timboon Rail Trestle Bridge, admire all the interesting features of Berry World, then explore the activities along Bay of Martyrs, and finally let little ones run wild at Peterborough Foreshore Playground.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Peterborough attractions planning tool .

Traveling by car from Apollo Bay to Peterborough takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Port Fairy.

Things to do in Peterborough

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trip

Timboon
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Bay of Martyrs ©
Bay of Martyrs
Timboon Rail Trestle Bridge ©
Timboon Rail Trestle Bridge
Berry World ©
Berry World

2
nights
Port Fairy

Port Fairy ©
Port Fairy is a coastal town in south-western Victoria, Australia. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): stop by Evolve Lifestyle, then identify plant and animal life at Russell Clark Reserve, then enjoy the sea views from Griffiths Island Lighthouse, and finally step off the mainland to explore Griffiths Island. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Mount Eccles National Park.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Port Fairy using our trip planner.

Drive from Peterborough to Port Fairy in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Halls Gap.

Things to do in Port Fairy

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Mount Eccles National Park
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Russell Clark Reserve ©
Russell Clark Reserve
Griffiths Island ©
Griffiths Island
Mount Eccles National Park
Mount Eccles National Park

2
nights
Halls Gap

Halls Gap ©
Halls Gap serves as a home base for visiting Grampians National Park.
On the 4th (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Grampians National Park. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of MacKenzie Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at MacKenzie Falls, then stroll through Chatauqua Peak, and finally trek along The Pinnacle.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Halls Gap online tour builder .

Drive from Port Fairy to Halls Gap in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Halls Gap

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Victoria, MacKenzie Falls
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Grampians National Park ©
Grampians National Park
The Pinnacle ©
The Pinnacle
MacKenzie Falls ©
MacKenzie Falls

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