18 days in Great Ocean Road, Princetown & Tasmania Itinerary

18 days in Great Ocean Road, Princetown & Tasmania Itinerary

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18 days in Great Ocean Road, Princetown & Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Bathurst
Drive:  11​h 30​min
1
Warrnambool
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Port Campbell
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
3
Princetown
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Apollo Bay
— 2 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  7​h 45​min
5
Launceston
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Coles Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Hobart
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  6​h 30​min
End: Bathurst

3
nights
Warrnambool

Warrnambool ©
Warrnambool is a regional centre and former port city on the south-western coast of Victoria, Australia. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Port Fairy Lighthouse On Griffiths Island and Foreshore Promenade. When in Warrnambool, make a side trip to see Portland Botanical Gardens in Portland, approximately 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to The F Project, admire the landmark architecture of Warrnambool Breakwater, get your game on at Mini Golf by The Sea, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Port Fairy to Warrnambool Rail Trail.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Warrnambool day trip website .

Bathurst to Warrnambool is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Warrnambool

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Port Fairy, Portland Botanical Gardens
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Thunder point Coastal Reserve ©
Thunder point Coastal Reserve
Portland Botanical Gardens ©
Portland Botanical Gardens

2
nights
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. The Twelve Apostles has been added to your itinerary. On the 26th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Martyrs, get outside with The Arch, and then take in the dramatic natural features at The Twelve Apostles. On your second day here, take in the awesome beauty at Mt Leura lookout and then stroll through Port Campbell precinct and foreshore.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Port Campbell day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Warrnambool to Port Campbell in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Princetown.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Mt Leura lookout, Bay of Martyrs
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Bay of Martyrs ©
Bay of Martyrs
The Arch ©
The Arch
Mt Leura lookout ©
Mt Leura lookout

2
nights
Princetown

Princetown ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes 12 Apostles Helicopters. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Triplet Falls, stop by Hugs Across The Cosmos, then kick back and relax at Johanna Beach, and finally take an unforgettable tour with 12 Apostles Helicopters. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Beauchamp Falls and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Melba Gully National Park.

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Princetown is just a short distance from Port Campbell. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Apollo Bay.

Things to do in Princetown

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Beech Forest, Lavers Hill, Johanna Beach
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Triplet Falls ©
Triplet Falls
12 Apostles Helicopters ©
12 Apostles Helicopters
Beauchamp Falls ©
Beauchamp Falls

2
nights
Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay ©
Apollo Bay is a coastal town in southwestern Victoria, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): look for gifts at High on Heels, then cruise along Great Ocean Road, then admire the sheer force of Carisbrook Waterfall, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Carisbrook Creek. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Cape Patton Lookout Point, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then get great views at Mariners Lookout, and finally stroll around Paradise Picnic Reserve.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Apollo Bay trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Princetown to Apollo Bay by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Launceston.

Things to do in Apollo Bay

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Cape Patton Lookout Point
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Great Ocean Road ©
Great Ocean Road
Mariners Lookout ©
Mariners Lookout
Carisbrook Waterfall ©
Carisbrook Waterfall

2
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Alum Cliffs and Franklin House. Venture out of the city with trips to Yarns Artwork in Silk (in Deloraine) and Holm Oak Vineyards (in Rowella). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at City Park Radio Museum, view the masterpieces at Design Centre Tasmania, cast your line with a fishing tour, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Launceston trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, shuttle, and flight from Apollo Bay to Launceston takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In January, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Launceston

Tours Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Yarns Artwork in Silk, Alum Cliffs, Holm Oak Vineyards
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Franklin House ©
Franklin House
City Park Radio Museum ©
City Park Radio Museum

2
nights
Coles Bay

Coles Bay ©
Overlooking one of Tasmania's most scenic strips of coastline and serving as the gateway to Freycinet National Park, Coles Bay is home to just 500 permanent residents.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): make a trip to Mt Amos Climb and then stroll through Hazards Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Wineglass Bay, then kick back and relax at Friendly Beaches, and then learn about winemaking at Gala Estate Vineyard.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Coles Bay trip itinerary planning website .

Drive from Launceston to Coles Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Hobart.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Gala Estate Vineyard
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Hazards Beach ©
Hazards Beach
Wineglass Bay ©
Wineglass Bay

2
nights
Hobart

Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
On the 6th (Mon), take a memorable tour with Tours, take a stroll through Sullivans Cove, and then browse the different shops at Cat and Fiddle Arcade. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area and then take a stroll through North Hobart.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Hobart trip planner .

Traveling by car from Coles Bay to Hobart takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Hobart can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Sullivans Cove ©
Sullivans Cove
Wine Tours & Tastings

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