8 days in Great Ocean Road, Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges & Phillip Island Itinerary

8 days in Great Ocean Road, Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges & Phillip Island Itinerary

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8 days in Great Ocean Road, Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges & Phillip Island Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly + bus:  13​h 15​min
1
Torquay
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Port Campbell
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Healesville
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Cowes
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Singapore

1
day
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.
On the 4th (Sun), explore and take pictures at The Great Ocean Road, then take some stellar pictures from Point Danger Lookout, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Torquay day 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. Traveling from Singapore to Torquay, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Singapore in August; daily highs in Torquay reach 17°C and lows reach 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Torquay

Scenic Drive Outdoors Spas
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The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Spas
Point Danger Lookout ©
Point Danger Lookout

2
nights
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Port Campbell National Park. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to The Grotto, take in the dramatic natural features at London Bridge, take some stellar pictures from Loch Ard Gorge, then stop by Apostle Whey Cheese, and finally make a trip to Gibsons Steps.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Campbell day trip site .

Drive from Torquay to Port Campbell in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Healesville.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge
London Bridge ©
London Bridge

1
night
Healesville

Healesville ©
Healesville's population of over 6,500 thrives on horticulture, tourism, and viticulture (the study of grapes).
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): stop by Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery, do a tasting at Domaine Chandon Winery, then meet the residents at Healesville Sanctuary, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Four Pillars Distillery.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Healesville online itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Port Campbell to Healesville takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in August, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cowes.

Things to do in Healesville

Nature Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trips

Domaine Chandon Winery, Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery
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Healesville Sanctuary ©
Healesville Sanctuary
Four Pillars Distillery ©
Four Pillars Distillery

3
nights
Cowes

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): take a leisurely stroll along Rhyll Jetty, step off the mainland to explore Churchill Island, find something for the whole family at A Maze'N Things, then head off the coast to Koala Conservation Centre, and finally Head underground at Forrest Caves. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Tyde, identify plant and animal life at Phillip Island Wildlife Park, then get to know the resident critters at The Nobbies Centre, then learn about all things military at National Vietnam Veterans Museum, and finally go for a walk through Pinnacles Lookout.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cowes online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Healesville to Cowes by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Healesville in August since evenings lows in Cowes dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Newhaven, Churchill Island, Rhyll Jetty, Pinnacles Lookout, Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
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Koala Conservation Centre ©
Koala Conservation Centre
The Nobbies Centre ©
The Nobbies Centre
A Maze'N Things ©
A Maze'N Things

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