13 days in Melbourne, Canberra & Sydney Itinerary

13 days in Melbourne, Canberra & Sydney Itinerary

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13 days in Melbourne, Canberra & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Hong Kong
Fly:  12​h
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Canberra
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Hong Kong

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Queen Victoria Market as well as University of Melbourne. Do your shopping at Melbourne Central and Degraves Street. Get in touch with nature at Royal Botanic Gardens and St. Kilda Beach. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and get engrossed in the history at Shrine of Remembrance.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne trip planner .

Hong Kong, China to Melbourne is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Hong Kong to Melbourne. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Hong Kong in July; daily highs in Melbourne reach 15°C and lows reach 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping Museums Tours

Side Trip

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

2
nights
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.
On the 2nd (Fri), engage your brain at Questacon, then browse the exhibits of Scott Leggo Gallery, then get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and finally stop by Trove Canberra. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, then steep yourself in history at Mugga-Mugga Cottage, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Burley Griffin, and finally browse the exhibits of Strathnairn Gallery.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Canberra trip itinerary site .

You can fly from Melbourne to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Canberra when traveling from Melbourne in August, with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Mugga-Mugga Cottage
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Questacon ©
Questacon
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve ©
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

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.
Do your shopping at Brett Whiteley Studio and ATTY Gallery. Get in touch with nature at Bondi Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Lincoln's Rock (in Blue Mountains National Park), Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and Coachwood Glen Nature Trail (in Megalong Valley). The adventure continues: see a show at Sydney Opera House, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, and browse the fresh offerings at Danks Street Produce Merchants.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney route maker site .

Drive from Canberra to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Sydney: highs are around 22°C and lows about 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Lincoln's Rock
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

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