18 days in Sydney, Canberra & Melbourne Itinerary

18 days in Sydney, Canberra & Melbourne Itinerary

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18 days in Sydney, Canberra & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  26​h
1
Sydney
— 8 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Dublin

8
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.
Get some historical perspective at The Rocks and Justice & Police Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Bondi Beach and Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Coachwood Glen Nature Trail (in Megalong Valley), Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba) and Pulpit Rock Lookout (in Blue Mountains National Park). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Muogamarra Nature Reserve, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Sydney online trip maker .

Dublin, Ireland to Sydney is an approximately 26-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 Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) is 10 hours. Traveling from Dublin in January, expect Sydney to be warmer, temps between 32°C and 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Taronga Zoo, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, Shelly Beach, Pulpit Rock Lookout, Featherdale Wildlife Park
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Australian National Maritime Museum ©

1
night
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 12th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, steep yourself in history at Blundells' Cottage, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Floriade.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Canberra road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Canberra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Sydney in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Canberra, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Wildlife Parks
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Floriade ©
Floriade
Blundells Cottage ©
Blundells Cottage

5
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 some cultural insight at Shrine of Remembrance and National Gallery of Victoria. Escape the urban bustle at Warrandyte State Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. When in Melbourne, make a side trip to see The Great Ocean Road in Torquay, approximately 1h 40 min away. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Trin Warren Tam-boore, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne route planner.

Fly from Canberra to Melbourne in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Canberra in January, plan for little chillier days in Melbourne, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
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Warrandyte State Park ©
Warrandyte State Park
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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