16 days in Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

16 days in Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

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16 days in Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Beijing
Fly:  15​h
1
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Beijing

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Melbourne Zoo and Balloon Rides. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Shrine of Remembrance and Immigration Museum. When in Melbourne, make a side trip to see Cowes Beach in Cowes, approximately 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, wander the streets of Melbourne Central, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Melbourne online road trip planner .

Beijing, China to Melbourne is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Beijing to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Beijing in February, things will get much hotter in Melbourne: highs are around 32°C and lows about 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

St Kilda, Cowes Beach, Cape Woolamai Beach
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Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

7
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.
Appreciate the collections at Australian National Maritime Museum and Art Gallery of New South Wales. The Rocks and Hyde Park Barracks Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba), The National Pass (in Blue Mountains National Park) and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, contemplate the long history of Justice & Police Museum, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sydney route maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Melbourne in February since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Wentworth Falls, The National Pass
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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