18 days in Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

18 days in Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

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18 days in Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 11 nights
End: Sydney

6
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 13th Beach and Ocean Beach. Get some cultural insight at Cape Schanck Lighthouse and McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park. Get out of town with these interesting Melbourne side-trips: Jirrahlinga Koala & Wildlife Sanctuary (in Barwon Heads), Frankston Beach (in Frankston) and Rye Beach (in Rye). There's lots more to do: hike along Cape Schanck Boardwalk, look for all kinds of wild species at Pulpit Rock, stop by Marion Rosetzky Gallery, and admire the masterpieces at Heide Museum of Modern Art.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne road trip site .

If you are flying in from Finland, the closest major airport is Melbourne International Airport. In December, daytime highs in Melbourne are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cape Schanck, Barwon Heads, Bulleen, Cape Schanck Boardwalk, William Ricketts Sanctuary
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 23:
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Frankston Beach ©
Frankston Beach
William Ricketts Sanctuary ©
William Ricketts Sanctuary
Cape Schanck Lighthouse ©
Cape Schanck Lighthouse

11
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Nan Tien Temple and Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame. For shopping fun, head to The Rocks Markets or The Milk Factory Gallery and Exhibition Space. Venture out of the city with trips to Gosford Regional Gallery (in Gosford), Katoomba (The Giant Stairway, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, & more) and Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (in Albion Park Rail). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Palm Beach, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, enjoy the sand and surf at Seven Mile Beach, and examine the collection at NSW Rail Museum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Sydney online trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Melbourne in December since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, Bowral, Wollongong, Manly, Terrigal
Find places to stay Dec 23 — Jan 3:
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The Giant Stairway ©
The Giant Stairway
Historical Aircraft Restoration Society ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman

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