16 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Canberra Itinerary

16 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Canberra Itinerary

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16 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Canberra Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 5 nights
3
Canberra
— 2 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Toronto

6
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.
Spend the 20th (Thu) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. The adventure continues: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, stroll through Coogee Beach, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Sydney attractions planning site .

Toronto, Canada to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) is 15 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Toronto in December, with highs in Sydney at 32°C and lows at 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

5
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay) and Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Melbourne Zoo, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, and tour the water at your own pace with Melbourne Boat Hire.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne holiday site .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Sydney in December since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

The Great Ocean Road, Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Balloon Rides
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, then engage your brain at Questacon, and then get a sense of history and politics at Parliament of Australia. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Burley Griffin, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, and then view the masterpieces at Scott Leggo Gallery.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Canberra trip planner .

Fly from Melbourne to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Canberra sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums Nature
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Questacon ©
Questacon
Lake Burley Griffin ©
Lake Burley Griffin

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