12 days in Sydney, Katoomba & Melbourne Itinerary

12 days in Sydney, Katoomba & Melbourne Itinerary

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12 days in Sydney, Katoomba & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Ubud, Bali
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Katoomba
— 1 night
train + Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  6​h 30​min
End: Ubud, Bali

4
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.
For shopping fun, head to Sydney Fish Market or Belle Fleur Fine Chocolates. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Rocks and Sydney Opera House. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and stroll through Manly Beach.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Sydney trip itinerary maker .

Ubud, Indonesia to Sydney is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of taxi and flight. Traveling from Ubud to Sydney, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Ubud in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Sydney, with highs around 22°C, while nights are colder with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour

1
night
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
On the 15th (Wed), look for gifts at Blue Mountains Chocolate Company, then stop by The Candy Store Leura, then admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Katoomba trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect little chillier evenings in Katoomba when traveling from Sydney in August, with lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

The Candy Store Leura, The National Pass
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Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Blue Mountains Chocolate Company ©
Blue Mountains Chocolate Company
The Candy Store Leura ©
The Candy Store Leura

6
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Head to Melbourne Central and Readings Book Shopfor some retail therapy. Shrine of Remembrance and Scots Church will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Degraves Street, get some fabulous bargains at DFO South Wharf, stop by Books for Cooks, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Katoomba to Melbourne takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Katoomba in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Melbourne, with highs around 16°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

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

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