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A two-week itinerary in Victoria, Australia

Think Victoria, Australia and you’ll probably think of its capital, Melbourne, right? But beyond this capital of sport, shopping and best of all, COFFEE, is a state full of natural wonders, cute wildlife and bucket-list adventures.

Want to see all of Victoria’s best bits? Here’s our two-week itinerary for all the must-see’s in this Southern Aussie state.

Melbourne to Great Ocean Road

Spend a few days in the capital before you ease into your road trip with a drive to surf spot, Torquay. Once you’re done hitting the waves, it’s time to begin your adventure on the Great Ocean Road.

Must see spots are the 12 Apostles and Port Campbell National Park, whale watching (pray), koalas on the Great Ocean, especially at Kennett River, and roos at Anglesea plus great hikes through the Otways and along the Great Ocean Walk.

 

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Great Ocean Road to Port Fairy

Once you’re done exploring the rustic and untouched nature at GOR, drive 2 hours to the quaint town of Port Fairy. Meander down the cute wharf area and point out your dream luxury yacht on the marina.

Try Merrijig Kitchen for fresh-from-the-source seasonal food, straight from artisan producers and farmers, and once you’ve eaten your weight in bread and cheese, wash it down with a cold beer at the Calendonian Inn.

Port Fairy to Halls Gap

Three stone heavier, take the short (1 hour 50 min) drive to Halls Hap in the Grampians National Park. You’re sure to burn off the car snacks you’ve been stuffing your face with, as you take on the Grampians Peaks Trail for panoramic views over Victoria and explore Aboriginal rock art. If you’d rather something with less walking and more eating, check out the Red Rock Olives, the local olive grove or nearby wineries and get absolutely sozzled (responsibly, of course).

 

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Halls Gap to Ballarat

Another 2-hour drive away is the town of Ballarat. You need to set aside at least a half-day visit to Ballarat’s 1860’s open-air township museum, Sovereign Hill. Explore the town shops and mine shafts and even go panning for gold. Finders, keepers!

Ballarat to Melbourne

It’s back to Melbourne with a short 1.5-hour drive to the big city. You’ll need at least 3 days to fully explore and hang out in this hipster capital. Check out the sheds at Queen Victoria Market, grab dumplings at HuTong, shout for a team (even when you have no idea what’s going on) at an AFL match in the MCG, drown your sorrows when they lose at hidden bar, Beneath Driver Lane or one of many rooftop bars. Check the cute lanes and arcades, not forgetting the super famous graffiti and street-art all over the city.

 

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Melbourne to Yarra Valley

Only around an hour’s drive away is the famous Yarra Valley. If you’ve got the $, take a hot-air balloon over the lush green fields and then celebrate landing back to earth with a bottle (or several) of locally-produced wine or a beer or two in some of the best local craft breweries such as Napoleone. Winner.

 

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Yarra Valley to Gippsland Lakes

3-hour’s drive away is Gippsland Lakes, where you can relax on 90 miles of gold sands. Take your binoculars and keep your eyes pipped for whales and dolphins! It’s the best, by miles… If you still haven’t got your fix of koalas then head to Raymond Island, an island accessible only by boat for Victoria’s largest koala population. Can we live there???

 

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Gippsland Lakes to Wilsons Promontory

Head south to Wilsons Promontory National Park and check out the lighthouse (accessible only by a 6-hour hike) at almost the southernmost point of mainland Australia! Hit the Prom’s most popular beach, Norman Beach, for swimming and surfing and then to Norman Point for extraordinary views out to sea. Camp out and enjoy the wildlife, wombat, kangaroos, echidnas are plentiful.

Wilsons Promontory to Phillip Island

One word for you my friend… Penguins! See Phillip Island’s little penguins pop up outta the sea, check out their cute little burrows and watch them waddle around. Seriously, we could watch them for HOURS…

 

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Phillip Island to Mornington Peninsula

A short drive from the cuteness overload that is penguin city is Mornington Peninsula. The drive around the bay is pretty dreamy in itself, but once you arrive, make sure to check out the wineries and breweries for a beverage or four. Once you’re done sipping, treat yo’self at the Peninsula Hot Springs and take a dive off the Blairgowrie Jumping Rock in Bridgewater Bay.

Mornington Peninsula to Melbourne

Just an hour’s drive away and you’ll find yourself back in the beauty that is Melbourne. After all the driving, put your feet up and relax with a craft beer at The Local Taphouse in St Kilda.

We sent out James from @jamespopsys and Sanam from @hijabiontour to discover this itinerary for themselves. Make sure you check out their content as they tour the state of Victoria and if you find yourself feeling inspired, why not book a campervan of your own with THL? Read more about Victoria, Australia with our destination guide here.