17 days in Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

17 days in Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

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17 days in Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  27​h
1
Melbourne
— 8 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Newark

8
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 Ballarat Wildlife Park and Lake Daylesford. Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee), Art Gallery of Ballarat (in Ballarat) and Eastern Beach Reserve (in Geelong). Dedicate the 20th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, stroll through Melbourne Zoo, and examine the collection at Melbourne Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip planner .

Newark, USA to Melbourne is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria), which is usually a 15 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Newark in September: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 63°F and lows are around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Tours Museums

Side Trips

Ballarat, Daylesford, Werribee Open Range Zoo, Dandenong Ranges National Park, Eastern Beach Reserve
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 21:
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Australian Centre for the Moving Image ©

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kiama Blowhole and Nan Tien Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Katoomba (Wentworth Falls & Echo Point Lookout) and Govetts Leap (in Blackheath). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, see a show at Sydney Opera House, and contemplate the long history of St. Mary's Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Sydney holiday planner .

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in September; daily highs in Sydney reach 71°F and lows reach 54°F. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Katoomba, Kiama Blowhole, Nan Tien Temple, Govetts Leap
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 27:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Govetts Leap ©
Govetts Leap
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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