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Melbourne trip advice

Hi I will be going to melboune on 13-20th november.

Need advice.

Will be staying in melboune city for the whole 8 days

Intend to stay in city and visit mesuem, art ect in day 1 & 2.

Day 3 intend to go to great ocean drive.

Need recommendations how long will it take to reach.

And where to visit if I wan to come back to melboune in the late evening like 7pm.

Isit possible to go and visit farm and penguins in one day and drive back to melboune again. Next day visit star berry and apple farm.

Any other more activities as I will be bringing my 4 year old son. Really need a lot

Of advice. Thanks in advance.

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1. Re: Melbourne trip advice

A full loop of the GOR from Melbourne is over 600k and cannot be done in a day. If you only have a day to experience the GOR especially with a child I would look at driving only as far as Lorne which is a 5 hour round trip from Melbourne.

There is plenty to see including the chocolaterie a Bellbrae for more info on the GOR www.visitgreatoceanroad.org.au

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2. Re: Melbourne trip advice

You need 3 full days for the Great Ocean Road. Spend your first night in Apollo Bay and your second night in Warrnambool (which has a brilliant adventure playground for your son).

Phillip Island is also best done as an overnight trip, as it will be around 10pm by the time you leave the Penguin Parade and therefore a midnight arrival in Melbourne. Phillip Island is ideal for young children with so much to see and do - Churchill Island Farm, Koala Conservation Centre, chocolaterie, Amaze'n'Things, wildlife park, pelican feeding at San Remo, seal watching at the Nobbies, swimming beach at Cowes, wild ocean beaches to explore along the south coast. https://www.visitphillipisland.com/

Other things your son may like include Scienceworks Museum, Melbourne Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary. Strawberries may or may not be ready - usually it's the last week in November that the season starts. Apples are flowering now, so definitely no picking.

You do not need a car in Melbourne. Public transport is good, and parking is very expensive. Hire a car for your roadtrips. You will also need to hire a child car seat for your son.

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3. Re: Melbourne trip advice

I suggest you start googling the distances you have mentioned. They are very unrealistic.

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4. Re: Melbourne trip advice

Hi thanks for the advice will it be okay if we go in the morning and back to the city in the evening ?

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5. Re: Melbourne trip advice

If you're talking about the GOR or Philip Island, you've already been told no it's not practical. If you must do this and I really don't see why when you have a decent amount of time in Melbourne, then book a tour.

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6. Re: Melbourne trip advice

Just noticed the bit about your 4 year old. Tours may not be an option. Seriously having to drive so much with one so young is a recipe for an unpleasant holiday. If anything with little kids you need to take it slower and stop more often to let them have a run around.

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7. Re: Melbourne trip advice

Kindly advice how many hours drive from Melbourne to Phillips island to see penguins ? Thank in advance :)

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8. Re: Melbourne trip advice

Valerie if you want to experience a sample of the GOR drive only as far as Lorne and then return to Melbourne.

Torquay, Anglesea, Aireys inlet and Lorne all have great beaches with playgrounds plus a chance to see a couple of waterfalls and kangaroos at Anglesea.

A round trip from Melbourne to Lorne will take around 5 hours plus stops. You really don’t have time to do snything else if you can only allocate a day for a trip on the GOR

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9. Re: Melbourne trip advice

Valerie, it will take around 2 hours non-stop from Melbourne to Phillip Island, and the Penguin Parade is at the far end of the island. If you drive back to Melbourne after seeing the penguins, you will get back to Melbourne at midnight.

The GOR is not a day's drive. The one-day tours take 14 hours. You cannot do this yourself.

If you want to drive along the GOR, you need to take 3 days and spend a night at Apollo Bay AND a night at Warrnambool.

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10. Re: Melbourne trip advice

H Valerie,

Am I right in assuming you can't change / cancel your accommodation in Melbourne for those 7 nights? If that's the case you have a couple of options.

Ballarat and Sovereign Hill would make a good day trip.

Phillip Island can be done in a day and you can visit the wildlife parks and other attractions there but you may not see the Penguins as they arrive after dark and it may be too late for the little one. There is a small penguin colony at St Kilda Pier close to Melbourne which is nowhere near as good, but you get to see a few Penguins at least.

You could just double book a night at Apollo Bay on the Great Ocean Road, take a small bag and leave the rest in Melbourne. Extra cost but at least you'd get to see the whole thing (it's 249km long). You'd see the beaches, forests and have some scenic stops on the way to Apollo Bay, next morning leave early to get to the 12 Apostles, maybe 2 or 3 other stops each side of Port Campbell and return to Melbourne via the inland route.

Then there's all the other things like Puffing Billy railway, Healesville Sanctuary plus the zoo and Aquarium in Melbourne.

Most of these things outside Melbourne are long day trips and really benefit from overnight stays, but if you insist on staying in Melbourne, just pick 2, maybe 3 of these as you don't want to return from your holiday needing a holiday.

All the best.

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