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OCEANIA: Victoria, Australia Itinerary

OCEANIA: Victoria, Australia Itinerary
Illustration by Liz Steel of Melbourne, Australia

Ok. 

I thought I had better start this off with a big RED BLAZING WARNING!!! 

You have to be absolutely MAD (institutionalized insane mad) to do this itinerary. The second thing you should note is the (numbers in the bracket) below refers to the map below.

Anyways, here’s why I’m saying it’s insane. The itinerary that is: the “base” is (1) – Melbourne. The areas/ places of interest that my friend would like to cover in 7-and three quarters days are:

(5) Phillip Island – for the penguins, 
(6) Great Ocean Road (GOR), 
(9) Mt. Buller – skiing, 
(3) Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, and 
(1) Melbourne of course.

For me, GOR is best done on an overnight trip with some light trekking involved and Mt. Buller is a 3D/2N (ideal) or at the very least a 2D/1N trip.

Also note that it is CRIMINAL to expose one self to the elements along the GOR and Philip Island, this time of the year (i.e. mid-year) … so do this in Spring … and just so you know Australia is Down Under and yes, the weather is up-side-down which means its freaking bone chilling Winter. The winter gets worse along the coastal fronts with chilling winds blowing from the Antarctic. Sure, you’d have the beaches to yourself, but it will be deserted windswept beaches.


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the ITINERARY

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Day 1 (Saturday)

Flight arrives @ Tullamarine Airport 11:10 am

Collect rented car (with GPS!) @ Airport

settle-in Melbourne CBD 

2 hours drive to Phillip Island 

{!!! advance ticket bookings needed. Recommended “Penguin Plus” tickets. Click HERE to buy !!!}

Day 2 (Sunday)

1-day coastal and farmland drive to Great Ocean Road

 Activities:

Lunch at Apollo’s Bay

explore Port Campbell National Park

(stop along this rugged coast line to visit “The Shipwreck Coast”, The Huge Stone Monoliths of the Twelve Apostles, Island Arch, Razorback and Loch Ard Gorge)

{ !!! stop at Gibson´s Steps for stunning view of the Twelve Apostles from the water´s edge !!! }

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Day 3 (Monday)

Easy, late drive to Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges 

Activities:

visit Healesville Sanctuary wildlife park

Ride on the Puffing Billy

Vineyard visit and wine tasting

Overnight

..Day 4 (Tuesday)

Early morning drive to Mt. Buller

Activities:

Explore Mt Buller Alpine Village

Explore the mountain using sightseeing chair lift

Fun in the Snow

Beginner’s Skiing LessonsDrive back to Melbourne and return rented car

Day 5 (Wednesday)

around Melbourne CBD | Cosmopolitan Sights

Activities: 

Federation Square

Melbourne Cricket Ground (National Sports Museum)

Fitzroy Garden

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Little Bourke Street (Chinatown)

Old Melbourne Goal

Royal Exhibition Building

Lygon Street

..Day 6 (Thursday)

around Melbourne CBD | Waterfront   Activities: 

Eureka Skydeck 88

 Southbank – Yarra Promenade – Crown Entertainment Complex 

St. Kilda Esplanade – Luna Park – Fitzroy St. (St. Kilda)

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 Day 7 (Friday)

 around Melbourne CBD | Shopping & Bargain Hunting!

Activities:

Individual Branded Warehouse Shopping @  Bridge Road, Richmond

Shoes! Shoes! Shoes! @ Swan Street, Richmond

DFO @ Spencer Street, Melbourne CBD

Sportsware and Quirky shopping @ Smith Street, Fitzroy & Collingwood

Eclectic clothes, bookshops, designer jewelery shops and interesting one-off boutiques @ Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

{ !!! click on http://www.streetsonline.com.au/ for real life view of streets !!! }

Day 8 (Saturday)

 Flight departs Tullamarine Airport midnight

 around Melbourne CBD | Markets 

Activities:

Docklands

Shop at Queen Victoria Market

Bourke Street Mall

Arcades & Lanes

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other useful TRAVEL VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA links

Melbourne Victoria Tourism{a quick and informative guide about Victoria, Australia

Metlink{guide to public transport in Melbourne and Victoria}

Streets Online Australia {life street views}

That’s Me!bourne {informative and updated events in Melbourne as well as download-able brochures and maps}

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