6 days in Mornington Peninsula, Great Ocean Road & Phillip Island Itinerary

6 days in Mornington Peninsula, Great Ocean Road & Phillip Island Itinerary

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6 days in Mornington Peninsula, Great Ocean Road & Phillip Island Itinerary

Start: Point Cook
Drive:  1​h
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Portsea
— 1 night
Drive:  15​min
2
Sorrento
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Torquay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Warrnambool
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
5
Cowes
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
End: Point Cook

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Portsea

Portsea ©
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): make a trip to Sorrento Portsea Artists Trail.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Portsea day trip planning website .

Point Cook to Portsea is an approximately 2-hour car ride. December in Portsea sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Sorrento.

Things to do in Portsea

Museums Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Queenscliff, Point Lonsdale Beach
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Seaview Gallery ©
Seaview Gallery
Fort Queenscliff Museum ©
Fort Queenscliff Museum
The Bookshop at Queenscliff ©
The Bookshop at Queenscliff

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Sorrento

Sorrento ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): kick back and relax at Sorrento Back Beach and then kick back and relax at Rye Beach.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Sorrento visit planner .

Sorrento is just a stone's throw from Portsea. In December in Sorrento, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Torquay.

Things to do in Sorrento

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Rye Beach
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Sorrento Back Beach ©
Sorrento Back Beach

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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): see the interesting displays at Australian National Surfing Museum, then kick back and relax at 13th Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Jirrahlinga Koala & Wildlife Sanctuary.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Torquay day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Sorrento to Torquay takes 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Torquay can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Warrnambool.

Things to do in Torquay

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Barwon Heads
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13th Beach ©
13th Beach
Australian National Surfing Museum ©
Australian National Surfing Museum

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Warrnambool

Warrnambool ©
Warrnambool is a regional centre and former port city on the south-western coast of Victoria, Australia. On the 30th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve, view the masterpieces at Blarney Books and Art, then look for all kinds of wild species at Thunder point Coastal Reserve, then examine the collection at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, and finally grab your bike and head to Foreshore Promenade.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Warrnambool trip planner .

Traveling by car from Torquay to Warrnambool takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Cowes.

Things to do in Warrnambool

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Blarney Books and Art
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Thunder point Coastal Reserve ©
Thunder point Coastal Reserve
Blarney Books and Art ©
Blarney Books and Art
Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve ©
Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve

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Cowes

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cowes Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Nobbies Centre, then step off the mainland to explore Phillip Island Nature Parks - Koala Conservation Centre, and finally stroll through Cape Woolamai Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cowes trip planner .

Traveling by car from Warrnambool to Cowes takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cape Woolamai Beach, The Nobbies Centre
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Cape Woolamai Beach ©
Cape Woolamai Beach
The Nobbies Centre ©
The Nobbies Centre

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