20 days in Victoria Itinerary

20 days in Victoria Itinerary

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20 days in Victoria Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Cowes
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Arthurs Seat
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Torquay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Port Campbell
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Halls Gap
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Ballarat
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
End: Melbourne

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Change things up with a short trip to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee (about 42 minutes away). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and have some family-friendly fun at Zero Latency.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne journey maker app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Melbourne. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cowes.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Werribee Open Range Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
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.
Cowes is known for wildlife, nature, theme parks, wineries, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Koala Conservation Centre, stroll through Red Rock Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Cowes Beach, and contemplate the waterfront views at Churchill Island Marine National Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cowes holiday builder website .

You can drive from Melbourne to Cowes in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. December in Cowes sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Arthurs Seat.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Newhaven, Phillip Island, YCW Beach, Kitty Miller Bay
Highlights from your plan
Koala Conservation Centre ©
Koala Conservation Centre
A Maze'N Things ©
A Maze'N Things
Churchill Island Marine National Park ©

2
nights
Arthurs Seat

Arthurs Seat ©
Arthurs Seat is a hill and locality on the Mornington Peninsula, within the Shire of Mornington Peninsula, about 75 km south east of Melbourne, Australia. On the 31st (Tue), take in nature's colorful creations at The Enchanted Adventure Garden, then take in nature's colorful creations at Panorama Garden Estate, then hike along Cape Schanck Boardwalk, and finally trek along The Coastal Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): kick back and relax at McCrae Beach, then kick back and relax at Diamond Bay, and then stroll through Aspendale Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Arthurs Seat trip planner.

You can drive from Cowes to Arthurs Seat in 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Torquay.

Things to do in Arthurs Seat

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Diamond Bay, Aspendale Beach, Cape Schanck Boardwalk, Panorama Garden Estate, The Coastal Walk
Highlights from your plan
Cape Schanck Boardwalk ©
Cape Schanck Boardwalk
The Enchanted Adventure Garden ©
The Enchanted Adventure Garden
McCrae Beach ©
McCrae Beach

2
nights
Torquay

Torquay ©
Set against the stark but scenic coastline of the Bass Strait--the body of water separating Victoria and Tasmania--Torquay is a prime location for surfing and beach life in general.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lonsdale Beach and then cruise along The Great Ocean Road. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at 13th Beach, get outside with Geelong Adventure Specialists, and then hike along Kevin Hoffman Walk.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Torquay trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Arthurs Seat to Torquay takes 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Torquay can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Torquay

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Kevin Hoffman Walk, Geelong Adventure Specialists, 13th Beach, Point Lonsdale Beach
Highlights from your plan
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Geelong Adventure Specialists ©
Geelong Adventure Specialists
13th Beach ©
13th Beach

3
nights
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Port Campbell: Apollo Bay (Mait's Rest & Great Ocean Walk). There's still lots to do: admire all the interesting features of Twelve Apostles, take in the dramatic natural features at London Bridge, look for all kinds of wild species at Childer's Cove, and make a trip to Gibsons Steps.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Port Campbell planner .

Getting from Torquay to Port Campbell by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Halls Gap.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Apollo Bay, Childer's Cove
Highlights from your plan
Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles
Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
Great Ocean Walk ©
Great Ocean Walk

3
nights
Halls Gap

Halls Gap ©
Halls Gap serves as a home base for visiting Grampians National Park.
Change things up with these side-trips from Halls Gap: Dunkeld (Chimney Pots & Mt Sturgeon) and Mt Stapylton (in Laharum). The adventure continues: stroll through The Pinnacle, trek along Chatauqua Peak, explore the striking landscape of Grampians National Park, and admire the sheer force of Burrong Falls.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Halls Gap trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Port Campbell to Halls Gap in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Ballarat.

Things to do in Halls Gap

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Dunkeld, Grampians National Park, Mt Stapylton
Highlights from your plan
The Pinnacle ©
The Pinnacle
Grampians National Park ©
Grampians National Park
Chimney Pots ©
Chimney Pots

2
nights
Ballarat

Ballarat ©
Modern Ballarat is known for its study and innovation of alternative energy sources.
On the 10th (Fri), explore the galleries of Sovereign Hill, look for all kinds of wild species at Ballarat Wildlife Park, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Ballarat Botanical Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wendouree, then don't miss a visit to Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, and then grab your bike and head to Ballarat-Skipton Rail Trail.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Ballarat trip planner .

Drive from Halls Gap to Ballarat in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Ballarat can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to take a train back home.

Things to do in Ballarat

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ballarat-Skipton Rail Trail
Highlights from your plan
Lake Wendouree ©
Lake Wendouree
Sovereign Hill ©
Sovereign Hill
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park

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