9 days in Melbourne, Cowes & Summerlands Itinerary

9 days in Melbourne, Cowes & Summerlands Itinerary

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9 days in Melbourne, Cowes & Summerlands Itinerary

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

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You've now added State Library of Victoria to your itinerary. Attractions like Melbourne Zoo and Old Melbourne Gaol make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, don't miss a visit to Block Arcade, and have some family-friendly fun at Zero Latency.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne road trip app .

If you are flying in from Singapore, the closest major airport is Melbourne International Airport. In September, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cowes.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Tours
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium ©
SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

3
nights
Cowes

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Phillip Island Wildlife Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Maru Koala and Animal Park, and then step off the mainland to explore Churchill Island. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Koala Conservation Centre, find something for the whole family at A Maze'N Things, then brush up on your military savvy at National Vietnam Veterans Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Pyramid Rock.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Cowes fast, fun, and easy.

Drive from Melbourne to Cowes in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. In September, daily temperatures in Cowes can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. On the 22nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Summerlands.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Newhaven, Ventnor, Rhyll Jetty, Churchill Island, Maru Koala and Animal Park
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Phillip Island Wildlife Park ©
Phillip Island Wildlife Park
A Maze'N Things ©
A Maze'N Things
Churchill Island ©
Churchill Island

2
nights
Summerlands

Summerlands ©
Head to Summerlands on Philip Island for the chance to see thousands of penguins waddling along the coastline.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Penguin Parade. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Penguin Parade. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Shelly Beach, head outdoors with The Nobbies, and then stroll through The Nobbies Centre.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Summerlands road trip planning site .

Summerlands is just a stone's throw from Cowes. September in Summerlands sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Summerlands

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Shelly Beach, The Nobbies
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
The Nobbies Centre ©
The Nobbies Centre
Penguin Parade ©
Penguin Parade
Swan Lake Trail ©
Swan Lake Trail

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