18 days in Greater Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

18 days in Greater Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

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18 days in Greater Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Sydney
ferry:  30​min
1
Manly
— 4 nights
+2
ferry + train + Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Melbourne
— 12 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Sydney

4
nights
Manly

Located 11 km (7 mi) across the harbor from Sydney, a holiday in Manly combines quiet neighborhood charm and coastal attractions, all the while placing you within easy access to the big city.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Convict Trail. Go for a jaunt from Manly to Terrigal to see The Skillion about 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at North Head Sanctuary, indulge your thirst for a good beer at 4 Pines Brewery Tours, kick back and relax at Shelly Beach, and admire the masterpieces at Manly Art Gallery and Museum.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Manly trip tool .

Sydney to Manly is an approximately half hour ferry ride. You can also take a bus; or drive. August in Manly sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Manly

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Convict Trail, The Skillion
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
North Head Sanctuary ©
North Head Sanctuary
Shelly Beach ©
Shelly Beach

12
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 off the beaten path and head to Zero Latency and Australian Centre for the Moving Image. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne online travel route planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Manly to Melbourne takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Manly in August, with highs in Melbourne at 16°C and lows at 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Parks
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Australian Centre for the Moving Image ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral

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