12 days in New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory & Victoria Itinerary

12 days in New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory & Victoria Itinerary

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12 days in New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory & Victoria Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  18​h
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Cowes, Phillip Island
— 1 night
Fly:  21​h
End: Los Angeles

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bondi Beach and Hawthorne Canal Reserve. Get some cultural insight at The Rocks and Sydney Opera House. There's much more to do: look for gifts at Sydney Fish Market, let the kids burn off some steam at Cremorne Reserve, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Clovelly.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip itinerary builder site .

Los Angeles, USA to Sydney is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Sydney is 18 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sydney, with lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Fish Market ©
Sydney Fish Market
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

1
night
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 18th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Floriade, then take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, and then ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Canberra travel planner.

Traveling by car from Sydney to Canberra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in November, Canberra is slightly colder at night with lows of 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Wildlife Parks Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Floriade ©
Floriade
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia

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nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Take a break from the city and head to Trin Warren Tam-boore and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get some cultural insight at Melbourne Central and Shrine of Remembrance. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, hunt for treasures at Degraves Street, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Canberra to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In November in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Cowes.

Things to do in Melbourne

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Warrandyte State Park ©
Warrandyte State Park
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

1
night
Cowes, Phillip Island

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Phillip Island Wildlife Park, then head off the coast to Phillip Island Nature Parks - Koala Conservation Centre, and then identify plant and animal life at Rhyll Inlet State Wildlife Reserve.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cowes trip planner .

You can drive from Melbourne to Cowes in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. In November, daytime highs in Cowes are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cowes

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Rhyll Inlet State Wildlife Reserve
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Phillip Island Wildlife Park ©
Phillip Island Wildlife Park
Rhyll Inlet State Wildlife Reserve ©

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