9 days in Melbourne & Cowes Itinerary

9 days in Melbourne & Cowes Itinerary

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9 days in Melbourne & Cowes Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Cowes
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kids will enjoy St. Kilda Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Popular historic sites such as Shrine of Remembrance and Old Melbourne Gaol are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Melbourne Central, stop by Lightning Ridge Opal Mines, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip planning tool .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Melbourne. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to drive to Cowes.

Things to do in Melbourne

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 29:
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

3
nights
Cowes

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
On the 30th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Phillip Island Wildlife Park, explore the galleries of Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Pyramid Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Tyde, kick back and relax at Cape Woolamai Beach, learn about all things military at National Vietnam Veterans Museum, Head underground at Forrest Caves, then step off the mainland to explore Churchill Island, and finally head off the coast to Phillip Island Nature Parks - Koala Conservation Centre.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Cowes itinerary planner .

Drive from Melbourne to Cowes in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and car. In October, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Phillip Island, Newhaven, Ventnor, The Nobbies Centre
Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 1:
Highlights from your plan
Phillip Island Wildlife Park ©
Phillip Island Wildlife Park
Koala Conservation Centre ©
Koala Conservation Centre
Cape Woolamai Beach ©
Cape Woolamai Beach

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