8 days in Geelong & Phillip Island Itinerary

8 days in Geelong & Phillip Island Itinerary

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8 days in Geelong & Phillip Island Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Drive:  1​h
1
Geelong
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Cowes
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

3
nights
Geelong

Geelong ©
Geelong is a port city located on Corio Bay and the Barwon River, in the state of Victoria, Australia, 75km south-west of the state capital, Melbourne. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Geelong: Bells Beach (in Torquay), Ballarat (Ballarat Botanical Gardens & Sovereign Hill) and Werribee (Victoria State Rose Garden & Werribee Open Range Zoo). The adventure continues: cruise along The Great Ocean Road, kick back and relax at Eastern Beach Reserve, and get outside with Geelong Adventure Specialists.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Geelong route planner.

Melbourne to Geelong is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in December, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cowes.

Things to do in Geelong

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Werribee, Torquay, Ballarat
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Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo
The Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road
Sovereign Hill ©
Sovereign Hill

4
nights
Cowes

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Spend the 7th (Fri) exploring nature at Churchill Island Marine National Park. There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Phillip Island Nature Parks - Koala Conservation Centre, experience rural life at Bimbadeen Phillip Island, look for all kinds of wild species at Phillip Island Wildlife Park, and try for a hole-in-one at Grumpys Crazy Golf.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cowes trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Geelong to Cowes in 3.5 hours. Other options are to 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Newhaven, Ventnor, The Nobbies Centre, Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm, Pinnacles Lookout
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The Nobbies Centre ©
The Nobbies Centre
A Maze'N Things ©
A Maze'N Things
Churchill Island ©
Churchill Island

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