12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— Few hours
Drive:  30 min
2
Ivanhoe
— 1 night
Drive:  15 min
3
Heidelberg
— Few hours
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Bright
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Healesville
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Ballarat
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
7
Lorne
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
8
Heidelberg
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
9
Melbourne
— 1 day
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.
To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne driving holiday site .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Melbourne. In April in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Ivanhoe.
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Eureka Skydeck ©
Eureka Skydeck

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night
Ivanhoe

Ivanhoe ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): browse the eclectic array of goods at Preston Market, get your game on at Archery Attack, then look for gifts at Andrew's Bookshop, and finally get great views at Wurundjeri Spur Lookout.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Ivanhoe road trip planning tool .

Ivanhoe is just a stone's throw from Melbourne. April in Ivanhoe sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Heidelberg.

Things to do in Ivanhoe

Shopping Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Kew, Preston, Archery Attack
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Preston Market ©
Preston Market
Wurundjeri Spur Lookout ©
Wurundjeri Spur Lookout
Lyon Housemuseum and Galleries ©
Lyon Housemuseum and Galleries

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Heidelberg

Heidelberg
To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Heidelberg travel tool .

Heidelberg is just a short distance from Ivanhoe. In April, daytime highs in Heidelberg are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Bright.

Things to do in Heidelberg

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Gresswell Nature Reserve

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Bright

Bright ©
Bright is a town in northeastern Victoria, Australia, 319 metres above sea level at the southeastern end of the Ovens Valley. On the 30th (Tue), let the kids burn off some steam at Howitt Park, then trek along Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail, and then stop by Pumpkin Seeds Australia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): explore and take pictures at Mountain Fresh Trout & Salmon Farm, take in breathtaking views at Canyon Walk, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally take some stellar pictures from Huggins Lookout.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Bright trip app .

Drive from Heidelberg to Bright in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Heidelberg in April, expect little chillier with lows of 8°C in Bright. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Healesville.

Things to do in Bright

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Pumpkin Seeds Australia, Mountain Fresh Trout & Salmon Farm
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Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail ©
Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail
Canyon Walk ©
Canyon Walk
Howitt Park ©
Howitt Park

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Healesville

Healesville ©
Healesville's population of over 6,500 thrives on horticulture, tourism, and viticulture (the study of grapes).
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bruno's Art and Sculpture Garden and Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery. Change things up with these side-trips from Healesville: Jodee Creations (in Mount Evelyn), National Rhododendron Gardens (in Olinda) and William Ricketts Sanctuary (in Mount Dandenong). Spend the 4th (Sat) exploring nature at Lake Eildon National Park. And it doesn't end there: sample the fine beverages at Four Pillars Distillery, do a tasting at Maddens Rise, and admire the verdant scenery at Healesville Sanctuary.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Healesville trip planner .

You can drive from Bright to Healesville in 3.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Ballarat.

Things to do in Healesville

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Coldstream, Bruno's Art and Sculpture Garden, William Ricketts Sanctuary, Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden, Jodee Creations
Highlights from your plan
Healesville Sanctuary ©
Healesville Sanctuary
William Ricketts Sanctuary ©
William Ricketts Sanctuary
Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden ©
Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden

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Ballarat

Ballarat ©
Modern Ballarat is known for its study and innovation of alternative energy sources.
On the 5th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Sovereign Hill, don't miss a visit to Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, then admire the natural beauty at Ballarat Botanical Gardens, and finally don't miss a visit to Arch of Victory.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Ballarat planning app .

Drive from Healesville to Ballarat in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May in Ballarat, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Lorne.

Things to do in Ballarat

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Sovereign Hill ©
Sovereign Hill
Ballarat Botanical Gardens ©
Ballarat Botanical Gardens

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nights
Lorne

Lorne ©
Lorne is a seaside town on Louttit Bay in Victoria, Australia. Discover out-of-the-way places like Erskine Falls and Split Point Lighthouse. Step out of Lorne with an excursion to Melba Gully National Park in Lavers Hill--about 1h 10 min away. Make the 6th (Mon) an awe-inspiring day at Lorne Beach. There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Teddy's Lookout.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Lorne online trip planner .

You can drive from Ballarat to Lorne in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Heidelberg.

Things to do in Lorne

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Melba Gully National Park, Split Point Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Lorne Beach ©
Lorne Beach
Erskine Falls ©
Erskine Falls
Teddy's Lookout ©
Teddy's Lookout

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night
Heidelberg

Heidelberg
To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Heidelberg trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Lorne to Heidelberg in 2.5 hours. You'll set off for Melbourne on the 9th (Thu).

Things to do in Heidelberg

Parks Fun & Games Nightlife

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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance and then explore and take pictures at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne visit planning tool .

Melbourne is just a stone's throw from Heidelberg. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

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