15 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Hamilton Island Itinerary

15 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Hamilton Island Itinerary

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15 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Hamilton Island Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Hamilton Island
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Sydney

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, take a stroll through The Rocks, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip planner .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. In December, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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.
Dedicate the 21st (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and choose your vessel at Melbourne Boat Hire.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Melbourne using our trip planner.

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 December, Melbourne is a bit cooler at night with lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Parks Museums
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Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

5
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Spend the 24th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: tee off at Hamilton Island Golf Club, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, head outdoors with Jetryder, and kick back and relax at Catseye Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Hamilton Island visit planner .

Getting from Melbourne to Hamilton Island by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. When traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Hamilton Island, with highs around 34°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 28°C. You will leave for home on the 28th (Fri).

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Go-Kart Racing Track ©
Go-Kart Racing Track
Sports Club ©
Sports Club

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