11 days in Sydney, Canberra & Melbourne Itinerary

11 days in Sydney, Canberra & Melbourne Itinerary

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11 days in Sydney, Canberra & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  26​h
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Canberra
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  26​h
End: New York City

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shelly Beach and Bronte Beach. The Rocks and Justice & Police Museum will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary planner.

New York City, USA to Sydney is an approximately 26-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST), which is usually a 15 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in June, expect Sydney to be slightly colder, temps between 65°F and 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Shelly Beach, Bronte Beach
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Bronte Beach ©
Bronte Beach
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

2
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Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): explore the activities along Lake Burley Griffin, then ponder the world of politics at Royal Australian Mint, then admire the masterpieces at National Portrait Gallery, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Greek Orthodox Church of St Nicholas. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Old Parliament House, admire the masterpieces at Drill Hall Gallery, then get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and finally choose your vessel at GoBoat Canberra.

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Traveling by car from Sydney to Canberra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Sydney in June, with highs in Canberra at 55°F and lows at 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Parks Nature
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National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery
Old Parliament House ©
Old Parliament House
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial

4
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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Spas & Wellness and St. Kilda Beach. Get outdoors at Eastern Beach Reserve and Lake Daylesford. Venture out of the city with trips to Healesville Sanctuary (in Healesville) and Stony Creek Gallery (in Daylesford). There's still lots to do: learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Patrick's Cathedral, and steep yourself in history at Cooks' Cottage.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne itinerary planner.

You can fly from Canberra to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in Melbourne, with lows around 42°F. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Daylesford, St. Kilda Beach, Healesville Sanctuary, Eastern Beach Reserve
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral

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