14 days in Great Ocean Road, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

14 days in Great Ocean Road, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

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14 days in Great Ocean Road, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  5​h 45​min
1
Torquay
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Apollo Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Princetown
— 2 nights
taxi + bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Warrnambool
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 3 nights
End: Sydney

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 23rd (Sun): kick back and relax at Fisherman's Beach. On your second day here, stroll through 13th Beach, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary of the Angels, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Eastern Beach Reserve.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Torquay trip planner.

Sydney to Torquay is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 13°C in Torquay. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Apollo Bay.

Things to do in Torquay

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Geelong, 13th Beach
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
The Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road
13th Beach ©
13th Beach

1
night
Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay ©
Apollo Bay is a coastal town in southwestern Victoria, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): stroll through Great Ocean Walk, then take some stellar pictures from Mariners Lookout, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mait's Rest.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Apollo Bay trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Torquay to Apollo Bay takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Princetown.

Things to do in Apollo Bay

Trails Outdoors Parks
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Great Ocean Walk ©
Great Ocean Walk
Mait's Rest ©
Mait's Rest
Mariners Lookout ©
Mariners Lookout

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nights
Princetown

Princetown ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Port Campbell National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Loch Ard Gorge, take in the dramatic natural features at London Bridge, and then explore the striking landscape at The Twelve Apostles.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Princetown trip builder tool .

You can drive from Apollo Bay to Princetown in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Warrnambool.

Things to do in Princetown

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Port Campbell
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Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge

2
nights
Warrnambool

Warrnambool ©
Warrnambool is a regional centre and former port city on the south-western coast of Victoria, Australia. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): explore the activities along Bay of Islands, then examine the collection at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, and then grab your bike and head to Foreshore Promenade. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Logan's Beach, then get impressive views of Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve, and then step off the mainland to explore Griffiths Island.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Warrnambool trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Princetown to Warrnambool takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Warrnambool

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Griffiths Island
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Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve ©
Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve
Logan's Beach ©
Logan's Beach
Griffiths Island ©
Griffiths Island

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Visiting Somers Beach and Melbourne Zoo will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Shrine of Remembrance and Melbourne Museum. Step out of Melbourne with an excursion to Gunnamatta Beach in Fingal--about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St Paul's Cathedral.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne travel planner.

Fly from Warrnambool to Melbourne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Somers Beach, Gunnamatta Beach
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

3
nights
Sydney

Sydney
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Manly Beach and Bondi Beach. Visiting Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Balmoral Beach, Mosman will get you outdoors. Take a break from Sydney with a short trip to Shelly Beach in Manly, about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, see a show at Sydney Opera House, and enjoy the sand and surf at Coogee Beach.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sydney road trip planning website .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 23°C in Sydney. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Shelly Beach, Balmoral Beach, Mosman
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Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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