17 days in Great Ocean Road, Melbourne & Gold Coast Itinerary

17 days in Great Ocean Road, Melbourne & Gold Coast Itinerary

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17 days in Great Ocean Road, Melbourne & Gold Coast Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly + bus:  13​h 15​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 30​min
5
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Gold Coast
— 5 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Singapore

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Eastern Beach Reserve and Point Roadknight. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Lorne Beach and 13th Beach. It doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Bells Beach and admire all the interesting features of The Great Ocean Road.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Torquay road trip planning site .

Singapore, Singapore to Torquay is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Torquay is 2 hours. Traveling from Singapore in December, expect nights in Torquay to be colder, around 13°C, while days are little chillier, around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Apollo Bay.

Things to do in Torquay

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

13th Beach, Lorne Beach, Point Roadknight, Eastern Beach Reserve
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Lorne Beach ©
Lorne Beach
The Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road

1
night
Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay ©
Apollo Bay is a coastal town in southwestern Victoria, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): hike along Great Ocean Walk, get great views at Mariners Lookout, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Mait's Rest.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Apollo Bay online road trip planner .

You can drive from Torquay to Apollo Bay in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Princetown.

Things to do in Apollo Bay

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

2
nights
Princetown

Princetown ©
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Port Campbell National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Gibsons Steps, explore the striking landscape at London Bridge, then get great views at Loch Ard Gorge, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Wreck Beach.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Princetown online route planner .

You can drive from Apollo Bay to Princetown in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Warrnambool.

Things to do in Princetown

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Campbell, Wreck Beach
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Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge
Gibsons Steps ©
Gibsons Steps

2
nights
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): look for all kinds of wild species at Thunder point Coastal Reserve, choose your vessel at Lake Pertobe Motor Boats, then stroll through Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Islands. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Logan's Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve, and then step off the mainland to explore Griffiths Island.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Warrnambool trip maker tool .

Getting from Princetown to Warrnambool by combination of taxi and bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) 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.
Get in touch with nature at Melbourne Zoo and Somers Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Gunnamatta Beach and Sorrento Front Beach. Take a break from Melbourne with a short trip to Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park in Pearcedale, about 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip builder website .

Getting from Warrnambool to Melbourne by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, Sorrento Front Beach, Somers Beach, Gunnamatta Beach
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

5
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Family-friendly places like Burleigh Head National Park and Greenmount Beach will thrill your kids. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kirra Beach and Kurrawa Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gold Coast: Byron Bay (Stand-Up Paddleboarding & Belongil Beach) and Lennox Head Beach (in Lennox Head). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea World Theme Park, browse the different shops at Marina Mirage, and play a few rounds at Surfers Paradise Golf Club.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip itinerary maker website .

Fly from Melbourne to Gold Coast in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Gold Coast when traveling from Melbourne in December, with lows around 22°C. On the 5th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Byron Bay, Lennox Head Beach
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Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

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