11 days in Victoria Itinerary

11 days in Victoria Itinerary

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11 days in Victoria Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Ballarat
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Torquay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Cowes
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Buchan
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​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.
Bring the kids along to Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip maker tool .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Melbourne. In December in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Ballarat.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Tours Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

1
night
Ballarat

Ballarat ©
Modern Ballarat is known for its study and innovation of alternative energy sources.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): contemplate the long history of Sovereign Hill, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wendouree, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Ballarat Botanical Gardens.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Ballarat route builder app .

Getting from Melbourne to Ballarat by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Ballarat are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to drive to Torquay.

Things to do in Ballarat

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Sovereign Hill ©
Sovereign Hill
Lake Wendouree ©
Lake Wendouree
Ballarat Botanical Gardens ©
Ballarat Botanical Gardens

1
night
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 1st (Wed): stroll through 13th Beach and then cruise along The Great Ocean Road.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Torquay trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Ballarat to Torquay takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Torquay are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cowes.

Things to do in Torquay

Outdoors Scenic Drive Beaches

Side Trip

13th Beach
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The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
13th Beach ©
13th Beach

3
nights
Cowes

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Bring the kids along to Cowes Beach and A Maze'N Things. Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Koala Conservation Centre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kitty Miller Bay, enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Woolamai Beach, and brush up on your military savvy at National Vietnam Veterans Museum.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cowes trip planner .

You can drive from Torquay to Cowes in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Buchan.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Phillip Island, Summerlands, Newhaven, YCW Beach, Kitty Miller Bay
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Koala Conservation Centre ©
Koala Conservation Centre
A Maze'N Things ©
A Maze'N Things
The Nobbies Centre ©
The Nobbies Centre

1
night
Buchan

Buchan ©
Buchan is a town in the east Gippsland region of Victoria, Australia. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Buchan Caves. On the 5th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Snowy River National Park and then explore the fascinating underground world of Buchan Caves.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Buchan road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Cowes to Buchan takes 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Buchan

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Snowy River National Park
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Buchan Caves ©
Buchan Caves
Snowy River National Park ©
Snowy River National Park

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