36 days in Victoria Itinerary

36 days in Victoria Itinerary

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36 days in Victoria Itinerary

Start: Belfast
Fly:  26​h
1
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Drive:  15​min
2
St Kilda
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Cowes
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Red Hill
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Torquay
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Apollo Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Princetown
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Warrnambool
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Ballarat
— 2 nights
+3
train + bus + Fly + bus:  33​h
End: Belfast

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.
Dedicate the 12th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, browse the exhibits of Shrine of Remembrance, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Melbourne itinerary planner .

Belfast, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Belfast to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Belfast in December: highs in Melbourne hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to St Kilda.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Parks
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 14:
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

4
nights
St Kilda

St Kilda ©
St Kilda is an inner suburb (neighbourhood) of the metropolitan area of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 6 km south-east of Melbourne's Central Business District. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around St Kilda: Chelsea Beach (in Chelsea), Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee) and Edithvale Beach (in Edithvale). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through St. Kilda Beach, get engrossed in the history at Jewish Holocaust Centre, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Dandenong Ranges National Park, and appreciate the history behind The Sun & The Moon Sculpture - Paul Juraszek.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the St Kilda online itinerary planner .

St Kilda is just a short distance from Melbourne. In December in St Kilda, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Cowes.

Things to do in St Kilda

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Dandenong, Werribee Open Range Zoo, Chelsea Beach, The Sun & The Moon Sculpture - Paul Juraszek, Windsor Siding
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 18:
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Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Jewish Holocaust Centre ©
Jewish Holocaust Centre

4
nights
Cowes

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Cowes is known for nature, theme parks, wildlife, wineries, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Phillip Island Nature Parks - Koala Conservation Centre, enjoy the sand and surf at Ventnor Beach, stroll through Cowes Beach, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Nobbies Centre.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cowes itinerary builder site .

You can drive from St Kilda to Cowes in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of tram, train, and bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December in Cowes, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Red Hill.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ventnor, Phillip Island, Summerlands, Newhaven, Pinnacles Lookout
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 22:
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Koala Conservation Centre ©
Koala Conservation Centre
Kitty Miller Bay ©
Kitty Miller Bay
The Nobbies Centre ©
The Nobbies Centre

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. Change things up with these side-trips from Red Hill: State Coal Mine (in Wonthaggi) and Rye Ocean Beach (in Rye). There's lots more to do: trek along Cape Schanck Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at The Enchanted Adventure Garden, kick back and relax at Somers Beach, and view the masterpieces at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Red Hill route website .

Traveling by car from Cowes to Red Hill takes 2 hours. In December in Red Hill, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Torquay.

Things to do in Red Hill

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

The Enchanted Adventure Garden, Pulpit Rock, State Coal Mine, Mount Martha Beach, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
The Enchanted Adventure Garden ©
The Enchanted Adventure Garden
McCrae Beach ©
McCrae Beach
State Coal Mine ©
State Coal Mine

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Eastern Beach Reserve (in Geelong), The Rip (in Queenscliff) and Point Lonsdale Beach (in Point Lonsdale). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 28th (Sat) at Leisurelink Aquatic and Recreation Centre. There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along The Great Ocean Road, enjoy the sand and surf at 13th Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Torquay Front Beach, and take a leisurely stroll along The Lorne Pier.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Torquay trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Red Hill to Torquay takes 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Torquay can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Apollo Bay.

Things to do in Torquay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Lorne, Point Lonsdale Beach, The Rip, Eastern Beach Reserve, Leisurelink Aquatic and Recreation Centre
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Point Lonsdale Beach ©
Point Lonsdale Beach

4
nights
Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay ©
Apollo Bay is a coastal town in southwestern Victoria, Australia. Get out of town with these interesting Apollo Bay side-trips: Lake Elizabeth (in Forrest), Stevensons Falls (in Barramunga) and Cape Otway Lightstation (in Cape Otway). There's still lots to do: hike along Great Ocean Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Paradise Picnic Reserve, admire the sheer force of Hopetoun Falls, and delve into the lush surroundings at The Redwoods.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Apollo Bay visit planner.

Getting from Torquay to Apollo Bay by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Princetown.

Things to do in Apollo Bay

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Beech Forest, Stevensons Falls, Johanna Beach, Cape Otway Lightstation, Lake Elizabeth
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
Great Ocean Walk ©
Great Ocean Walk
Cape Otway Lightstation ©
Cape Otway Lightstation
Mait's Rest ©
Mait's Rest

1
night
Princetown

Princetown ©
On the 3rd (Fri), explore and take pictures at Twelve Apostles, then take in the dramatic natural features at The Razorback, then get great views at Loch Ard Gorge, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Gibsons Steps.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Princetown sightseeing tool .

Drive from Apollo Bay to Princetown in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Warrnambool.

Things to do in Princetown

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Port Campbell
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles
Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge
Gibsons Steps ©
Gibsons Steps

4
nights
Warrnambool

Warrnambool ©
Warrnambool is a regional centre and former port city on the south-western coast of Victoria, Australia. Venture out of the city with trips to Pierrepoint Wines (in Tarrington), Mount Rouse (in Penshurst) and Cape Nelson State Park (in Portland). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Islands, see the interesting displays at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, grab your bike and head to Foreshore Promenade, and step off the mainland to explore Griffiths Island.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Warrnambool itinerary planning app .

Getting from Princetown to Warrnambool by combination of taxi and bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Ballarat.

Things to do in Warrnambool

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Cape Nelson State Park, Pierrepoint Wines, Griffiths Island, Mount Rouse
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Bay of Islands ©
Bay of Islands
Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground ©
Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground
Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve ©
Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve

2
nights
Ballarat

Ballarat ©
Modern Ballarat is known for its study and innovation of alternative energy sources.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Sovereign Hill, then look for gifts at Ballarat Chocolate Shoppe, then take in nature's colorful creations at Ballarat Botanical Gardens, and finally make a trip to Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Backspace Gallery, then explore the activities along Lake Wendouree, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Ballarat route builder .

Drive from Warrnambool to Ballarat in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ballarat

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Sovereign Hill ©
Sovereign Hill
Lake Wendouree ©
Lake Wendouree

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