9 days in Melbourne, Cowes & Rutherglen Itinerary

9 days in Melbourne, Cowes & Rutherglen Itinerary

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9 days in Melbourne, Cowes & Rutherglen Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Cowes
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Rutherglen
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Visiting Balloon Rides and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Melbourne Central and Shrine of Remembrance. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach, browse the eclectic array of goods at Degraves Street, contemplate the long history of Cooks' Cottage, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Melbourne online trip maker .

If you are flying in from Sweden, the closest major airport is Melbourne International Airport. In December, daytime highs in Melbourne are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cowes.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Tours Neighborhoods

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

3
nights
Cowes

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Koala Conservation Centre has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Koala Conservation Centre, take an in-depth tour of Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, then meet the residents at The Nobbies Centre, and finally kick back and relax at Flynns Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cowes Beach, stop by Tyde, then step off the mainland to explore Churchill Island, then brush up on your military savvy at National Vietnam Veterans Museum, and finally kick back and relax at Cape Woolamai Beach.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Cowes trip maker website .

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 taxi. In December in Cowes, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Summerlands, Phillip Island, Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, National Vietnam Veterans Museum
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Koala Conservation Centre ©
Koala Conservation Centre
Phillip Island Wildlife Park ©
Phillip Island Wildlife Park
Cowes Beach ©
Cowes Beach

3
nights
Rutherglen

Rutherglen ©
Rutherglen is a small town in north-eastern Victoria, Australia, near the Murray River border with New South Wales. On the 27th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Beechworth Historic Courthouse, deepen your understanding at Beechworth Honey Experience, and then do a tasting at Brown Brothers. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Pfeiffer Wines, learn about winemaking at All Saints Estate & Winery, then do a tasting at Gooramadda Olives, and finally admire the sheer force of Woolshed Waterfalls.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Rutherglen vacation tool .

Getting from Cowes to Rutherglen by car takes about 5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cowes in December: highs in Rutherglen hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 13°C. On the 29th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rutherglen

Wineries Shopping Nature

Side Trips

Beechworth, Wahgunyah, Brown Brothers
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Pfeiffer Wines ©
Pfeiffer Wines
Campbells Wines ©
Campbells Wines

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