15 days in Greater Sydney, Canberra & Melbourne Itinerary

15 days in Greater Sydney, Canberra & Melbourne Itinerary

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15 days in Greater Sydney, Canberra & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Goa
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  24​h
1
Manly
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + train + Fly:  3​h
2
Canberra
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 7 nights
Fly + bus:  20​h 15​min
End: Goa

2
nights
Manly

Manly ©
Located 11 km (7 mi) across the harbor from Sydney, a holiday in Manly combines quiet neighborhood charm and coastal attractions, all the while placing you within easy access to the big city.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Joel Coleman Gallery, browse the exhibits of Aboriginal Fine Art and Craft, and then kick back and relax at Shelly Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Balmoral Beach, Mosman, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nielsen Park, then steep yourself in history at Vaucluse House, and finally kick back and relax at Little Manly Beach.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Manly online trip planner .

Goa, India to Manly is an approximately 24-hour flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Goa to Manly due to the time zone difference. In January, daily temperatures in Manly can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Manly

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Sydney, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Mona Vale Beach, Bilgola Beach
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Shelly Beach ©
Shelly Beach
Vaucluse House ©
Vaucluse House
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman

3
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.
Shop till you drop at Strathnairn Gallery and Drill Hall Gallery. You'll explore and learn at Australian War Memorial and National Gallery of Australia. Next up on the itinerary: get curious at Questacon, appreciate the extensive heritage of Canberra Rotary Peace Bell, sample the tasty concoctions at Tortured Gum Brewery, and admire the masterpieces at National Portrait Gallery.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Canberra road trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Manly to Canberra in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Manly in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Canberra, with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums Wineries

Side Trip

Tortured Gum Brewery
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery

7
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 Collins St/Swanston Stfor some retail therapy. Shrine of Remembrance and Degraves Street are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Half Moon Bay, explore the world behind art at FortyFiveDownstairs, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne road trip planning app .

You can fly from Canberra to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Canberra in January: highs in Melbourne hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping Parks Museums

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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