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Melbourne Itinerary - June 2014

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Melbourne Itinerary - June 2014

Hi,

We are planning a trip to Melbourne this June. Would an itinerary like this work? This is our first self-drive trip so we are trying to take things slow :)

Day 1:

Arrive at Melbourne Airport (either 6 or 9am)

Pick up car

Drive to Phillip Island

Penguin Parade

Overnight - Phillip Island

Day 2:

Drive to Healesville Sanctuary

Explore Yarra Valley

Overnight - Healesville

Day 3:

Puffing Billy

Overnight - St Kilda

Day 4:

Geelong, Lorne, Torquay

Overnight - Apollo Bay

Day 5:

GOR, 12 Apostles, Port Campbell

Overnight - Warrnambool

Day 6:

Halls Gap, Grampians

Overnight - Halls Gap

Day 7:

TBD - thinking of spending another night at Halls Gap

Day 8:

Back to Melbourne City

Day 9:

Melbourne City tour

Day 10:

Melbourne City (1/2 day)

Flight back home

We are uncertain of Day 1-3 because we are trying to minimise the amount of backtracking but there seems to be little activities at the moment. Would really appreciate any feedback or suggestions. Thanks!

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1. Re: Melbourne Itinerary - June 2014

If you are flying in from Singapore overnight then I would not recommend you go straight to Phillip Island. Driving an unfamiliar car on unfamiliar roads with little or no sleep is dangerous. Use your first day as one of your days to explore Melb by foot or on the free City Circle tram. Then start your road trip after a good nights sleep.

Other than that the itinerary looks good, not too rushed as many itineraries we see on here are.

The Grampians is definitely worth two nights .

Enjoy

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2. Re: Melbourne Itinerary - June 2014

Another vote taking Day 1 to explore Melbourne & getting into the time zone.

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3. Re: Melbourne Itinerary - June 2014

I would also like to echo those remarks. Most car rental companies have offices in the city center, so collecting a car from there would not be a hassle. Also, remember that June is winter and coming from Singapore, you will definately feel the cold!!

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4. Re: Melbourne Itinerary - June 2014

When exactly in June will you be traveling as if it's late June,then you "might" get a chance to see some snow. There are some great mountains you can visit (1.5-2 hours to small Lake Mountain, 3 hours to big Mt Buller etc)

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5. Re: Melbourne Itinerary - June 2014

I read your proposed itinerary and really couldn't fault it. It's all very doable. Two nights in the Grampians would be preferable - try Hall's Gap for accommodation. I agree with the others about your first day. Spend it in Melbourne to orientate yourselves and then the next day start your journey. Phillip Island is only about 90 minutes (maybe 2 hours max) from the CBD. Phillip Island is a nice place to explore but if you don't want to spend all day there, this would give you another half day in Melbourne and then you could leave at lunch time, get there in plenty of time to have a bit of an explore before the penguins arrive. Be aware that the weekend of June 7, 8 & 9 is a long weekend holiday so accommodation in some of the places you are visiting could be tight, if indeed you will be here then.

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6. Re: Melbourne Itinerary - June 2014

Thanks for all the helpful feedback!

Forgot to mention the dates - We will be in melbourne from 12 - 21 June :)

Between Healesville Sanctuary and Ballarat Wildlife Park, which would be worth a trip? Have read reviews that Healesville is bigger but it's more like a zoo and there's not much interaction opportunities with the animals whereas Ballarat has free roaming roos that you can feed...

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7. Re: Melbourne Itinerary - June 2014

Remember that it will be dark by 5pm while you are here, which will impact on how much sightseeing you can do during the day. You will want to avoid driving smaller country roads after dark as wildlife tend to come out in the evenings & with the low visibility, can cause serious damage to your car.

My first thought when I read your itinerary is that you aren't taking it slow, that's a lot of driving if you aren't used to long road trips. I agree that you should spend your first day in the city rather than driving to Phillip Island straight off an international flight.

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8. Re: Melbourne Itinerary - June 2014

Re: Healesville Sanctuary Vs Ballarat Wildlife Park.

You may not need to make a separate trip out to either of these wildlife parks if you are going to be on Phillip Island as they have a small wildlife park. It is very small compared to Healvesville, can be muddy and it is a bit run down however there are many opportunities to see kangaroos & other animals roam around freely (no cages) and you can feed and pat them. http://www.piwildlifepark.com.au/

It is not the best wildlife park but it may suit your animal needs and may also save you some time traveling. Anyway, just something to consider... Cheers, BB

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9. Re: Melbourne Itinerary - June 2014

Forgot to add, Phillip Island also has the Koala Conservation park m see visitphillipisland.com/listing/…

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10. Re: Melbourne Itinerary - June 2014

Hi, can you post your final itinerary in the end and your feedback on the trip? :)