31 days in Melbourne, Ballarat & Port Fairy Itinerary

31 days in Melbourne, Ballarat & Port Fairy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Victoria sightseeing planner

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Melbourne
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Ballarat
— 9 nights
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Port Fairy
— 5 nights
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Melbourne
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Melbourne

— 9 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Chadstone - The Fashion Capital and South Melbourne Market. Museum-lovers will appreciate ArtVo and Jewish Holocaust Centre. Get out of town with these interesting Melbourne side-trips: Brighton Beach (in Brighton) and Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery (in Yarra Glen). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Paul's Cathedral, revel in the low prices at DFO South Wharf, don't miss a visit to Block Arcade, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne road trip planner.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Melbourne. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 14°C. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Thu) before leaving for Ballarat.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 30:

Ballarat

— 9 nights

The Golden City

Modern Ballarat is known for its study and innovation of alternative energy sources.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sovereign Hill and Kryal Castle. Museum-lovers will appreciate Art Gallery of Ballarat and The Gold Museum. Explore Ballarat's surroundings by going to Daylesford (Convent Gallery & The Mill Markets), Bells Beach (in Torquay) and Best's Wines Great Western (in Great Western). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, examine the collection at Ballarat Tramway Museum, stroll through Ballarat Wildlife Park, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wendouree.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Ballarat trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Melbourne to Ballarat takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Ballarat are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Port Fairy.

Things to do in Ballarat

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 8:

Port Fairy

— 5 nights
Port Fairy is a coastal town in south-western Victoria, Australia. Get some cultural insight at Blarney Books and Art and Whale Bone Studio Arts. Appreciate the collections at Bay of Whales Gallery and Coffee Shop and Sir Reginald Ansett Transport Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Cape Nelson lighthouse (in Portland) and Pierrepoint Wines (in Tarrington). And it doesn't end there: visit a coastal fixture at Port Fairy Lighthouse On Griffiths Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Killarney Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at Port Fairy Day Spa, and do a tasting at Basalt Wines.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Port Fairy trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Ballarat to Port Fairy takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Port Fairy

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 13:

Melbourne

— 7 nights

Australia's Garden City

Shop till you drop at Federation Square and Museum of Chinese Australian History. Let the collections at Melbourne Museum and Immigration Museum capture your imagination. See even more of Melbourne: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station, and appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Melbourne day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Port Fairy to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

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