59 days in Victoria Itinerary

59 days in Victoria Itinerary

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59 days in Victoria Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Cowes
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Port Campbell
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Red Hill
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Walhalla
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Sale
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Cheshunt
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Beechworth
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Echuca
— 7 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Sydney


8
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Popular historic sites such as Shrine of Remembrance and Old Melbourne Gaol are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Melbourne Museum and Degraves Street. Spend the 8th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach, wander the streets of Melbourne Central, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and look for all kinds of wild species at Trin Warren Tam-boore.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne online trip itinerary maker .

Sydney to Melbourne is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, Melbourne is slightly colder at night with lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Cowes.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

4
nights
Cowes

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Cowes Beach and Berrys Beach. Spend the 15th (Sat) exploring nature at Churchill Island Marine National Park. There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Phillip Island Nature Parks - Koala Conservation Centre, identify plant and animal life at Rhyll Inlet State Wildlife Reserve, do a tasting at Phillip Island Winery, and kick back and relax at Ventnor Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Cowes trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Melbourne to Cowes by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December in Cowes, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Ventnor, Phillip Island, Rhyll Inlet State Wildlife Reserve, Churchill Island Marine National Park
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Phillip Island Wildlife Park ©
Phillip Island Wildlife Park
Rhyll Inlet State Wildlife Reserve ©
Phillip Island Winery ©
Phillip Island Winery

5
nights
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. You'll get in some beach time at Johanna Beach and Port Campbell precinct and foreshore. Explore Port Campbell's surroundings by going to Mait's Rest (in Apollo Bay), Kennet River Koala Walk (in Kennett River) and Cape Otway Lightstation (in Cape Otway). And it doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at Loch Ard Gorge, learn about winemaking at Newtons Ridge Estate Vineyard & Winery, explore the activities along Bay of Islands, and explore the striking landscape at London Bridge.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Port Campbell tour itinerary builder site .

Drive from Cowes to Port Campbell in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Red Hill.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Warrnambool, Cape Otway Lightstation, Johanna Beach, Mait's Rest, Lake Elizabeth
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Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge
Cape Otway Lightstation ©
Cape Otway Lightstation

8
nights
Red Hill

Red Hill ©
Red Hill is a small rural community, located in the hinterland of the Mornington Peninsula, about an hour's drive south of Melbourne, in Victoria, Australia. Visit McCrae Beach and Gunnamatta Beach for some beach relaxation. Rahona Valley Vineyard and Stumpy Gully Winery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Red Hill: Bunurong Marine National Park (in Cape Paterson), Venus Bay Eco Retreat (in Venus Bay) and Point Lonsdale Beach (in Point Lonsdale). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Safety Beach, admire the natural beauty at Panorama Garden Estate, and kick back and relax at Portsea Back Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Red Hill trip planner .

Getting from Port Campbell to Red Hill by car takes about 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Walhalla.

Things to do in Red Hill

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mornington, Mt Martha, Rye, Panorama Garden Estate, Safety Beach
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Rye Ocean Beach ©
Rye Ocean Beach
Somers Beach ©
Somers Beach

7
nights
Walhalla

Walhalla ©
Walhalla is a small town in Victoria, Australia, founded as a gold-mining community in late 1862 and at its peak home to around 4,000 residents. You'll explore and learn at Old Gippstown - Gippsland's Heritage Park and Old Walhalla Post Office Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Long Tunnel Extended Gold Mine and Narkoojee Winery. Get out of town with these interesting Walhalla side-trips: Edward Hunter Bush Reserve (in Moe), Traralgon Railway Reservoir Conservation Reserve (in Traralgon) and Trafalgar Holden Museum (in Trafalgar). There's much more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Grand Strzelecki Track, look for all kinds of wild species at Agnes Falls, appreciate the extensive heritage of Walhalla Tramline Walkway, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Baw Baw National Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Walhalla tour planner .

Traveling by car from Red Hill to Walhalla takes 2.5 hours. In December in Walhalla, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sale.

Things to do in Walhalla

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Moe, Mirboo North, Mossvale Park, Robin Hood Reserve, Narkoojee Winery
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 5:
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Long Tunnel Extended Gold Mine ©
Long Tunnel Extended Gold Mine
Trafalgar Holden Museum ©
Trafalgar Holden Museum

6
nights
Sale

Sale ©
Sale is a city situated in the Gippsland region of the Australian state of Victoria. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Reeeves Beach and Robertson Beach. Popular historic sites such as St Mary's Catholic Church and Alberton Cemetery are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sale: Lakes Entrance (Gippsland Lakes, Lakes Entrance Beach, & more), Woodside Beach (in Woodside) and Norm Neilson Fine Art Photography (in Metung). Spend the 11th (Fri) exploring nature at Ninety Mile Beach Marine National Park. Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to The Lakes National Park, admire the majestic nature at Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park, and identify plant and animal life at Sale Common State Game Refuge.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sale trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Walhalla to Sale takes 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Sale can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cheshunt.

Things to do in Sale

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Lakes Entrance, Loch Sport, Woodside, St Mary's Catholic Church, Ninety Mile Beach Marine National Park
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 11:
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Reeeves Beach ©
Reeeves Beach
Alberton Cemetery ©
Alberton Cemetery
St Mary's Catholic Church ©
St Mary's Catholic Church

6
nights
Cheshunt

Cheshunt ©
Cheshunt is a small rural village situated in the Upper King Valley in north-east Victoria, Australia. Chrismont and King River Estate Wines are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Alpine National Park (in Cobungra), Lake Eildon National Park (in Eildon) and Stringybark Creek Historic Reserve (in Archerton). There's lots more to do: learn about winemaking at La Cantina Vineyard, look for all kinds of wild species at Winton Wetlands, explore and take pictures at Rubicon Valley Historic Area, and take some stellar pictures from Powers Lookout.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Cheshunt day trip website .

You can drive from Sale to Cheshunt in 5.5 hours. While traveling from Sale, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cheshunt, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Beechworth.

Things to do in Cheshunt

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Whitfield, King Valley, Lake Eildon National Park, Rubicon Valley Historic Area, King River Estate Wines
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 17:
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Stringybark Creek Historic Reserve ©
Stringybark Creek Historic Reserve
Chrismont ©
Chrismont
La Cantina Vineyard ©
La Cantina Vineyard

7
nights
Beechworth

Beechworth ©
A town that appeared during the gold rush in the 1850s, Beechworth is a well-preserved example of Victorian expansionism.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Beechworth Historic Courthouse and Billson’s Brewery. Do some cultural sightseeing at Pfeiffer Wines and Campbells Wines. Get out of town with these interesting Beechworth side-trips: Bharatralia Jungle Camp (in Mitta Mitta), Gooramadda (Gooramadda Olives & Morris Wines) and Rutherglen (Warrabilla Wines, Stanton & Killeen Wines, & more). And it doesn't end there: do a tasting at Cofield Wines, examine the collection at Burke Museum, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Beechworth Public Cemetery.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Beechworth tour itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Cheshunt to Beechworth in 1.5 hours. In January in Beechworth, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Echuca.

Things to do in Beechworth

Wineries Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Rutherglen, Milawa, Wahgunyah, Sluga Gallery, Morrisons of Glenrowan
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Pfeiffer Wines ©
Pfeiffer Wines
Andrew Buller Wines ©
Andrew Buller Wines
Gooramadda Olives ©
Gooramadda Olives

7
nights
Echuca

Echuca ©
Echuca is a town located on the banks of the Murray River and Campaspe River in Victoria, Australia. The Great Aussie Beer Shed and TwistED will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Longleat Estate and National Holden Motor Museum : Echuca. Explore Echuca's surroundings by going to Shepparton (Shepparton Motor Museum & Shepparton Art Museum), Tabilk (Tahbilk Winery, Cafe & Wetlands & Tabilk Wetlands and Wildlife Reserve) and Cussen Park (in Tatura). There's lots more to do: learn about winemaking at Cornelia Creek Wines, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, get engrossed in the history at Echuca Historical Society Museum, and get great views at Mount Ida Lookout.

For maps and tourist information, read our Echuca trip planning tool .

Getting from Beechworth to Echuca by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Echuca

Museums Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Tabilk, Shepparton, Kirwans Bridge, Cornelia Creek Wines, Cheeky Grog Co.
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 31:
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The Great Aussie Beer Shed ©
The Great Aussie Beer Shed
Cornelia Creek Wines ©
Cornelia Creek Wines
National Holden Motor Museum : Echuca ©

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