11 days in Melbourne, Yarra Glen & Cowes Itinerary

11 days in Melbourne, Yarra Glen & Cowes Itinerary

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11 days in Melbourne, Yarra Glen & Cowes Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
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Melbourne
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
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Yarra Glen
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Cowes
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Melbourne
— 4 nights
End: Melbourne

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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Royal Botanic Gardens, Emporium Melbourne, Bourke Street Mall, and other attractions. Shop till you drop at Degraves Street and Collins St/Swanston St.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Melbourne. In December, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. On the 27th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yarra Glen.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Degraves Street ©
Degraves Street
Collins St/Swanston St ©
Collins St/Swanston St

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Yarra Glen

Yarra Glen ©
Yarra Glen is a town in Victoria, Australia, 40 km north-east from Melbourne's central business district. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Yarra Valley Dairy, Yering Station and Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail and then learn about winemaking at Yering Station. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Yarra Valley Dairy.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Yarra Glen trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Melbourne to Yarra Glen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Cowes.

Things to do in Yarra Glen

Wineries Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yering, Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail
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Yarra Valley Dairy ©
Yarra Valley Dairy

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Cowes

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Churchill Island as well as Phillip Island Helicopters.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cowes travel route planning tool .

Traveling by car from Yarra Glen to Cowes takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cowes

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Phillip Island Helicopters, Churchill Island
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Churchill Island ©
Churchill Island
Phillip Island Helicopters ©
Phillip Island Helicopters

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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes National Gallery of Victoria, Shrine of Remembrance and Southbank. See even more of Melbourne: enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Melbourne vacation planning website .

You can drive from Cowes to Melbourne in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites
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Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
Eureka Skydeck ©
Eureka Skydeck

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