12 days in Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

12 days in Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

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12 days in Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: London

5
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.
The Rocks and Nan Tien Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. St. Mary's Cathedral and Justice & Police Museum will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Kiama (Starfish Education Centre & Kiama Blowhole) and Katoomba (Wentworth Falls & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales, hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Sydney trip planner .

London, UK to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Sydney. Traveling from London in October, things will get a bit warmer in Sydney: highs are around 28°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Katoomba, Kiama, Nan Tien Temple
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Step off the beaten path and head to Eastern Beach Reserve and St John's Anglican Church. Escape the urban bustle at Royal Botanic Gardens and Melbourne Zoo. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, make a trip to Shrine of Remembrance, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne journey planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In October, Melbourne is slightly colder than Sydney - with highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Eastern Beach Reserve, St John's Anglican Church
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St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

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