16 days in Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

16 days in Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

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16 days in Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Shanghai
Fly:  14​h
1
Melbourne
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Shanghai

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Eastern Beach Reserve and Yarra River. Get out of town with these interesting Melbourne side-trips: St Augustine's Church (in Creswick), Hepburn Lagoon - Trail Rides (in Hepburn Springs) and Lake Wendouree (in Ballarat). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, wander the streets of Degraves Street, admire the landmark architecture of Shrine of Remembrance, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Patrick's Cathedral.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne attractions planner.

Shanghai, China to Melbourne is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Shanghai to Melbourne. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Shanghai in July: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 15°C and lows are around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Daylesford, Hepburn Lagoon - Trail Rides, St Augustine's Church, Werribee Open Range Zoo, Lake Wendouree
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wentworth Falls and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Venture out of the city with trips to Day FIne Art (in Blackheath) and The Giant Stairway (in Katoomba). And it doesn't end there: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and see the sky in a new way at Sydney Observatory.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Sydney online journey planner .

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. When traveling from Melbourne in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Sydney: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 9°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, Day FIne Art
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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