16 days in Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

16 days in Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

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16 days in Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Riga
Fly:  26​h
1
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 7 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Riga

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Manly Beach and Coogee Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Bondi Beach and Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Canyoning & Rappelling Tours (in Katoomba) and Logan Brae Orchard (in Blackheath). And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, wander the streets of The Rocks, kick back and relax at Clovelly, and trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Sydney online attractions planner .

Riga, Latvia to Sydney is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) is 8 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Riga in December; daily highs in Sydney reach 32°C and lows reach 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, Logan Brae Orchard
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

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.
Get in touch with nature at Phillip Island Nature Parks - Koala Conservation Centre and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to Phillip Island Wildlife Park (in Cowes) and Churchill Island Marine National Park (in Newhaven). There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Trin Warren Tam-boore, browse the exhibits of Shrine of Remembrance, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Melbourne trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 14°C in Melbourne. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Blackburn, Cowes, Churchill Island Marine National Park, St. Kilda Beach
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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