15 days in Canberra, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

15 days in Canberra, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

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15 days in Canberra, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Canberra
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Adelaide

4
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.
Mugga-Mugga Cottage and St John the Baptist Church will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at National Portrait Gallery and Old Parliament House. Take a break from Canberra with a short trip to Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex in Paddys River, about 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, get in on the family fun at Cockington Green, identify plant and animal life at Floriade, and take in panoramic vistas at Telstra Tower.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Canberra online visit planner .

Adelaide to Canberra is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Mugga-Mugga Cottage, Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery

6
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.
Kids will enjoy Jenolan Caves and Australian National Maritime Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Kiama Blowhole and Speed Boats Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Nan Tien Temple in Wollongong (about 1h 30 min away). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through The Rocks, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Sydney road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Canberra to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Canberra in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kiama Blowhole, Jenolan Caves, Nan Tien Temple, Taronga Zoo
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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.
Bring the kids along to Eastern Beach Reserve and Werribee Open Range Zoo. Shrine of Remembrance and Melbourne Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne trip itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Melbourne, with lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Werribee Open Range Zoo, Eastern Beach Reserve, St. Kilda Beach
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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