11 days in Melbourne, Hamilton Island & Sydney Itinerary

11 days in Melbourne, Hamilton Island & Sydney Itinerary

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11 days in Melbourne, Hamilton Island & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Huntsville
Fly:  25​h
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Huntsville

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Appreciate the collections at Art Gallery of Ballarat and National Vietnam Veterans Museum. Visiting Bells Beach and Phillip Island Wildlife Park will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Melbourne: Geelong (The Food Purveyor & Eastern Beach Reserve), 13th Beach (in Barwon Heads) and Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Ballarat Wildlife Park, take an in-depth tour of Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, visit a coastal fixture at Point Lonsdale Lighthouse, and engage your brain at Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne online trip itinerary builder .

Huntsville, USA to Melbourne is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST), which is usually a 16 hour difference. When traveling from Huntsville in February, plan for much warmer days in Melbourne, with highs around 81°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Ballarat, Geelong, Point Lonsdale Lighthouse, Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, National Vietnam Veterans Museum
Find places to stay Feb 22 — 26:
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13th Beach ©
13th Beach
National Vietnam Veterans Museum ©
National Vietnam Veterans Museum
Point Lonsdale Lighthouse ©
Point Lonsdale Lighthouse

2
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Hamilton Island Art Gallery, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: tee off at Hamilton Island Golf Club, then take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina, and then step off the mainland to explore Whitsunday Islands National Park.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hamilton Island trip maker tool .

You can fly from Melbourne to Hamilton Island in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Traveling from Melbourne in February, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 76°F in Hamilton Island. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Whitsunday Islands National Park
Find places to stay Feb 26 — 28:
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club

2
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Cathedral, kick back and relax at Balmoral Beach, Mosman, then hike along Manly Scenic Walkway, then enjoy the sand and surf at Shelly Beach, and finally look for gifts at Australian Opal Cutters and Pearl Divers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat): take a memorable tour with Tours, see the sky in a new way at Sydney Observatory, then make a trip to Macquarie Lighthouse, then stroll through Bronte Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Maroubra Beach.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, read our Sydney planner .

Fly from Hamilton Island to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. In February, Sydney is slightly colder than Hamilton Island - with highs of 80°F and lows of 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Shelly Beach, Bronte Beach, Maroubra Beach, Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 2:
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Bronte Beach ©
Bronte Beach
Maroubra Beach ©
Maroubra Beach
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman

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