12 days in Greater Sydney, Great Ocean Road & Greater Melbourne Itinerary

12 days in Greater Sydney, Great Ocean Road & Greater Melbourne Itinerary

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12 days in Greater Sydney, Great Ocean Road & Greater Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly + train:  11​h 15​min
1
Mosman
— 1 day
taxi:  15​min
2
Manly
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
3
North Sydney
— 2 nights
+3
train + Fly + bus + train:  5​h 45​min
4
Warrnambool
— 1 day
bus:  1​h
5
Port Campbell
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Torquay
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
7
Werribee
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Singapore

1
day
Mosman

Mosman ©
If it weren't for the amazing view of Sydney Harbour, Mosman might seem light-years away from Australia's largest and busiest city.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): stroll through Taronga Zoo, steep yourself in history at Vaucluse House, then stroll through Nielsen Park, and finally kick back and relax at Balmoral Beach, Mosman.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Mosman road trip tool .

Singapore, Singapore to Mosman is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone changes from Singapore Time (SGT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Singapore in December, expect Mosman to be slightly colder, temps between 31°C and 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Manly.

Things to do in Mosman

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Vaucluse
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Taronga Zoo ©
Taronga Zoo
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Vaucluse House ©
Vaucluse House

1
night
Manly

Manly ©
Located 11 km (7 mi) across the harbor from Sydney, a holiday in Manly combines quiet neighborhood charm and coastal attractions, all the while placing you within easy access to the big city.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Manly Quarantine Station, enjoy the sand and surf at Fairlight Beach, buy something for everyone on your list at Westfield Warringah Mall, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Manly Freshwater Parish, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Shelly Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Manly trip builder tool .

Manly is very close to Mosman. December in Manly sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to North Sydney.

Things to do in Manly

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Westfield Warringah Mall
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Manly Quarantine Station ©
Manly Quarantine Station
Shelly Beach ©
Shelly Beach
Fairlight Beach ©
Fairlight Beach

2
nights
North Sydney

North Sydney ©
North Sydney is a suburb and major district on the Lower North Shore of Sydney, Australia. On the 25th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Featherdale Wildlife Park, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Patrick's Cathedral, then stop by The Children's Bookshop, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Macquarie Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): look for gifts at Bridget Kennedy Project Space, pause for some serene contemplation at St Johns Anglican Cathedral, then look for gifts at Captain Chocolate, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Shelly Beach RockPool.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our North Sydney day trip planning site .

North Sydney is just a short distance from Manly. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in December, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Warrnambool.

Things to do in North Sydney

#Parks, #Shopping, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Parramatta, Macquarie Centre, The Children's Bookshop, Shelly Beach RockPool, Captain Chocolate
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Featherdale Wildlife Park ©
Featherdale Wildlife Park
St Johns Anglican Cathedral ©
St Johns Anglican Cathedral
Captain Chocolate ©
Captain Chocolate

1
day
Warrnambool

Warrnambool ©
Warrnambool is a regional centre and former port city on the south-western coast of Victoria, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground, tour the water at your own pace with Lake Pertobe Motor Boats, then examine the collection at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Islands.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Warrnambool tour planning tool .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and taxi from North Sydney to Warrnambool takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Warrnambool

#Parks, #Nature, #Museums
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
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Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground ©
Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground
Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village ©
Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village

1
night
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): revel in the low prices at Apostle Whey Cheese, then take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles, then take in the dramatic natural features at London Bridge, and finally don't miss a visit to The Grotto.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Port Campbell trip planner .

Take a bus from Warrnambool to Port Campbell in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Torquay.

Things to do in Port Campbell

#Parks, #Nature, #Shopping

Side Trip

Twelve Apostles
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Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles
The Grotto ©
The Grotto
Apostle Whey Cheese ©
Apostle Whey Cheese

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 29th (Sat): browse the eclectic array of goods at Torquay Central Farmers Market, pick up some local products at Torquay Farmers' Market, then cruise along The Great Ocean Road, and finally make a trip to Split Point Lighthouse.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Torquay trip planner .

You can drive from Port Campbell to Torquay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Werribee.

Things to do in Torquay

#Scenic Drive, #Outdoors, #Shopping

Side Trip

Split Point Lighthouse
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:
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The Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road
Split Point Lighthouse ©
Split Point Lighthouse
Torquay Farmers' Market ©
Torquay Farmers' Market

4
nights
Werribee

Werribee ©
Werribee is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 32 km south-west of Melbourne's Central Business District, located within the City of Wyndham local government area. Rippon Lea and Fitzroy, Victoria will appeal to history buffs. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Davey Mac's Gelato and The Rose Street Artists' Market. Change things up with these side-trips from Werribee: Jewish Holocaust Centre (in Elsternwick), St. Kilda Beach (in St Kilda) and Dandenong (Dandenong Ranges National Park & Dandenong Market). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Scienceworks, explore the wide array of goods at Myer Chadstone, buy something for everyone on your list at Westfield Doncaster, and meet the residents at Werribee Open Range Zoo.

To find photos and other tourist information, refer to the Werribee travel route website .

Traveling by car from Torquay to Werribee takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Werribee

#Parks, #Shopping, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Elsternwick, Fitzroy, Dandenong, Scienceworks, Ricardo Ferro
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 2:
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St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo
Scienceworks ©
Scienceworks

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