23 days in Victoria Itinerary

23 days in Victoria Itinerary

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23 days in Victoria Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
train:  1​h 30​min
1
Ballarat
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Halls Gap
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
3
Rutherglen
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Cowes
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Red Hill
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Melbourne
— 6 nights
End: Melbourne

3
nights
Ballarat

Ballarat ©
Modern Ballarat is known for its study and innovation of alternative energy sources.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sovereign Hill and Art Gallery of Ballarat. Museum-lovers will appreciate Shades Of Gray Studio and Gallery and Works of Art. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ballarat: Mount Avoca (in Avoca), Daylesford (Spas & Stony Creek Gallery) and Wild Trout Downunde Gordon Hat Shoppe (in Gordon). There's much more to do: do a tasting at Dinny Goonan Wines, sample the tasty concoctions at Red Duck Micro-Brewery, indulge your taste buds at Golden Plains Farmer's Market, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Ballan Farmers Market.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Ballarat day trip planning tool .

Melbourne to Ballarat is an approximately 1.5-hour train ride. You can also take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in June, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Halls Gap.

Things to do in Ballarat

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Daylesford, Mount Avoca, Red Rock Theatre and Gallery, Shades Of Gray Studio and Gallery, Ballan Farmers Market
Find places to stay Jun 5 — 8:
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Sovereign Hill ©
Sovereign Hill
Mount Avoca ©
Mount Avoca
Art Gallery of Ballarat ©
Art Gallery of Ballarat

3
nights
Halls Gap

Halls Gap ©
Halls Gap serves as a home base for visiting Grampians National Park.
Get some cultural insight at Pierrepoint Wines and Grampians Estate Cellar Door. You'll explore and learn at Ros McArthur Art Studio and James McMurtrie. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Halls Gap: Wimmera Hills Winery (in Elmhurst), Ararat (Montara Winery & Ararat Gallery TAMA) and Moonambel (Grape Farm Winery & Taltarni Vineyards). There's more to do: learn about winemaking at Best's Wines Great Western.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Halls Gap trip planner .

You can drive from Ballarat to Halls Gap in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rutherglen.

Things to do in Halls Gap

Wineries Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Ararat, Great Western, Moonambel, Pierrepoint Wines, Wimmera Hills Winery
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 11:
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Pierrepoint Wines ©
Pierrepoint Wines
Grape Farm Winery ©
Grape Farm Winery
Best's Wines Great Western ©
Best's Wines Great Western

2
nights
Rutherglen

Rutherglen ©
Rutherglen is a small town in north-eastern Victoria, Australia, near the Murray River border with New South Wales. Get some cultural insight at Pfeiffer Wines and Warrabilla Wines. Head to Old Schoolhouse Gallery and Renaissance Chocolatesfor plenty of shopping. Go for a jaunt from Rutherglen to Beechworth to see Eldorado Road Wines about 52 minutes away. There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Andrew Buller Wines.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, use the Rutherglen trip planner.

Getting from Halls Gap to Rutherglen by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly. In June, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Cowes.

Things to do in Rutherglen

Wineries Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Beechworth, Wahgunyah
Find places to stay Jun 11 — 14:
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Pfeiffer Wines ©
Pfeiffer Wines
Andrew Buller Wines ©
Andrew Buller Wines
Warrabilla Wines ©
Warrabilla Wines

3
nights
Cowes

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Shop till you drop at Town & Country Gallery and Tyde. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Phillip Island Winery and National Vietnam Veterans Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cowes: Loch (Gippsland Wine Company & Bass Valley Estate Winery). And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Koala Conservation Centre, look for all kinds of wild species at Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm, bet on your favorite at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, and browse for treasures at Cowes Bazaar and Gallery.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cowes online route planner .

Traveling by car from Rutherglen to Cowes takes 5 hours. Traveling from Rutherglen in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 7°C in Cowes. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Red Hill.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks Wildlife Wineries

Side Trips

Rhyll, Ventnor, Loch, Newhaven, Town & Country Gallery
Find places to stay Jun 14 — 18:
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Koala Conservation Centre ©
Koala Conservation Centre
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit ©
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
National Vietnam Veterans Museum ©
National Vietnam Veterans Museum

3
nights
Red Hill

Red Hill ©
Red Hill is a small rural community, located in the hinterland of the Mornington Peninsula, about an hour's drive south of Melbourne, in Victoria, Australia. Do your shopping at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery and Tyabb Packing House Antiques. Get a sense of the local culture at McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park and Fenian Wines. Take a break from Red Hill with a short trip to TreAnd in Baxter, about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, learn about winemaking at Mr Little Cider, take in nature's colorful creations at Heronswood, and look for all kinds of wild species at Panorama Garden Estate.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Red Hill vacation builder app .

Drive from Cowes to Red Hill in 2 hours. In June, daytime highs in Red Hill are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Red Hill

Wineries Parks Spas

Side Trips

Dromana, Stoniers Vineyard, Spas, Stumpy Gully Winery, McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park
Find places to stay Jun 18 — 21:
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Panorama Garden Estate ©
Panorama Garden Estate
Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery ©
Tyabb Packing House Antiques ©
Tyabb Packing House Antiques

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.
Get some cultural insight at Melbourne Central and Melbourne Museum. Shop till you drop at Degraves Street and FortyFiveDownstairs. Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, and view the masterpieces at Buxton Contemporary.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne road trip planning website .

You can drive from Red Hill to Melbourne in 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Jun 21 — 27:
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Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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