12 days in Canberra, Greater Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

12 days in Canberra, Greater Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

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12 days in Canberra, Greater Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Canberra
— 1 day
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Mosman
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Los Angeles

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, make a trip to Mount Ainslie Lookout, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Parliament of Australia.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Canberra trip planner .

Los Angeles, USA to Canberra is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) is 18 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, you will find days in Canberra are a bit warmer (82°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Mosman.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia

4
nights
Mosman

Mosman ©
If it weren't for the amazing view of Sydney Harbour, Mosman might seem light-years away from Australia's largest and busiest city.
You'll get in some beach time at Shelly Beach and Bronte Beach. Explore Mosman's surroundings by going to Palm Beach (in Palm Beach), Shelly Beach RockPool (in Cronulla) and Avalon Beach (in Avalon Beach). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Balmoral Beach, Mosman, contemplate the waterfront views at Parsley Bay Reserve, meet the residents at Taronga Zoo, and stroll through Tamarama Beach.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Mosman vacation maker .

Do a combination of flight and train from Canberra to Mosman in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Canberra in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 65°F in Mosman. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Mosman

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Sydney, Congwong Beach, Avalon Beach, Shelly Beach, Shelly Beach RockPool
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Shelly Beach ©
Shelly Beach
Bronte Beach ©
Bronte Beach
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get a sense of the local culture at Melbourne Central and National Gallery of Victoria. Do your shopping at Degraves Street and Readings Book Shop. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach, stroll through Half Moon Bay, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Melbourne online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Mosman to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Mosman in December since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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