21 days in Victoria Itinerary

21 days in Victoria Itinerary

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21 days in Victoria Itinerary

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

5
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 much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne road trip planning site .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Melbourne. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Cowes.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Tours Museums

Side Trips

Werribee Open Range Zoo, St. Kilda Beach
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: head off the coast to Koala Conservation Centre, tour the pleasant surroundings at YCW Beach, kick back and relax at Red Rock Beach, and explore the activities along Churchill Island Marine National Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cowes day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Melbourne to Cowes takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Arthurs Seat.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

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

3
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. Explore Arthurs Seat's surroundings by going to Aspendale Beach (in Aspendale), Sorrento (Sorrento Front Beach & Diamond Bay) and The Coastal Walk (in Cape Schanck). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Panorama Garden Estate, kick back and relax at Rye Ocean Beach, hike along Cape Schanck Boardwalk, and tour the pleasant surroundings at McCrae Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Arthurs Seat driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Cowes to Arthurs Seat takes 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Arthurs Seat can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Torquay.

Things to do in Arthurs Seat

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Sorrento, Rye Ocean Beach, McCrae Beach, Aspendale Beach, Somers Beach
Highlights from your plan
Cape Schanck Boardwalk ©
Cape Schanck Boardwalk
The Enchanted Adventure Garden ©
The Enchanted Adventure Garden
Somers Beach ©
Somers Beach

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Point Lonsdale Beach (in Point Lonsdale), Lorne (Erskine Falls & Lorne Beach) and Kevin Hoffman Walk (in Lara). The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at The Great Ocean Road, get outside with Geelong Adventure Specialists, and kick back and relax at 13th Beach.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Torquay road trip planning site .

Drive from Arthurs Seat to Torquay in 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Torquay are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Torquay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Venture out of the city with trips to Apollo Bay (Mait's Rest & Great Ocean Walk). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles, take some stellar pictures from Loch Ard Gorge, look for all kinds of wild species at Childer's Cove, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Port Campbell National Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Port Campbell trip planning site .

Drive from Torquay to Port Campbell in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Ballarat.

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
Ballarat

Ballarat ©
Modern Ballarat is known for its study and innovation of alternative energy sources.
Change things up with these side-trips from Ballarat: Ballarat-Skipton Rail Trail (in Skipton), Spas (in Daylesford) and Maze House (in Newlyn). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Sovereign Hill, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Augustine's Church, get your game on at RPM Indoor Karts, and take in nature's colorful creations at Ballarat Botanical Gardens.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Ballarat road trip website .

Drive from Port Campbell to Ballarat in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Ballarat sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Ballarat

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Spas, Maze House, Ballarat-Skipton Rail Trail, St Augustine's Church
Highlights from your plan
Lake Wendouree ©
Lake Wendouree
Sovereign Hill ©
Sovereign Hill
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park

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