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27 days in Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary
Sydney— 13 nights
Fly: 3h 30min
Melbourne— 12 nights
Fly: 23h 30min
The Harbour City
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.The Rocks and St. Mary's Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kiama Blowhole and Palm Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Nan Tien Temple (in Wollongong), Shelly Beach (in Manly) and Gerringong (Natural Necessity & Werri Beach). Spend the 14th (Wed) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Terrigal Beach, and see the interesting displays at Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame.
For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney driving holiday planner .
Frankfurt, Germany to Sydney is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Frankfurt in November; daily highs in Sydney reach 29°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.
Things to do in Sydney
Gerringong, Bronte Beach, Palm Beach, Kiama Blowhole, Nan Tien Temple
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Australia's Garden City
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.Step out of the city life by going to Ballarat Wildlife Park and Eastern Beach Reserve. Visit Shrine of Remembrance and Sovereign Hill for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: Ballarat (Art Gallery of Ballarat & The Gold Museum), Lake Daylesford (in Daylesford) and Bells Beach (in Torquay). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Bruno's Art and Sculpture Garden, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, and get curious at Australian Centre for the Moving Image.
For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne online vacation planner .
Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in November, plan for slightly colder nights in Melbourne, with lows around 11°C. On the 28th (Wed), you'll travel back home.
Things to do in Melbourne
Ballarat, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, Tyabb Packing House Antiques, St. Kilda Beach, Lake Daylesford
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