20 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Canberra Itinerary

20 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Canberra Itinerary

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20 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Canberra Itinerary

Start: Ho Chi Minh City
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Canberra
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Ho Chi Minh City

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.
Shop till you drop at Brett Whiteley Studio and The Rocks Markets. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wentworth Falls and The Giant Stairway. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (in Albion Park Rail), Nan Tien Temple (in Wollongong) and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planning app .

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Sydney is an approximately 9-hour flight. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in April, expect Sydney to be much colder, temps between 26°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Katoomba, Historical Aircraft Restoration Society, Nan Tien Temple, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Shelly Beach
Find places to stay Apr 5 — 11:
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Giant Stairway ©
The Giant Stairway
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

7
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Escape the urban bustle at Eastern Beach Reserve and Bells Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Art Gallery of Ballarat and Lake Wendouree. Venture out of the city with trips to Anglican Church, Barwon Heads (in Barwon Heads), Split Point Lighthouse (in Aireys Inlet) and Ballarat Wildlife Park (in Ballarat). There's lots more to do: explore the galleries of Shrine of Remembrance, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, and see the interesting displays at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne trip maker website .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in April, expect Melbourne to be little chillier, temps between 23°C and 11°C. On the 18th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Ballarat, Torquay, Eastern Beach Reserve, Split Point Lighthouse, Anglican Church, Barwon Heads
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 18:
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St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Split Point Lighthouse ©
Split Point Lighthouse

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Australian War Memorial and Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex. Popular historic sites such as Mugga-Mugga Cottage and Yarri and Jacky Jacky Sculpture are in your itinerary. Explore Canberra's surroundings by going to Gundagai Heritage Railway (in Gundagai), Goulburn (St. Saviour's Cathedral & Garroorigang Historic Home) and Bungendore Wood Works Gallery (in Bungendore). There's much more to do: hike along ANZAC Parade Walk, contemplate the long history of Lanyon Homestead, take in the dramatic natural features at National Rock Garden, and get to know the fascinating history of Canberra Rotary Peace Bell.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Canberra road trip planning tool .

You can fly from Melbourne to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Melbourne in April, Canberra is slightly colder at night with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Canberra

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Goulburn, Gundagai, Mugga-Mugga Cottage, Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, Bungendore Wood Works Gallery
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 22:
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
ANZAC Parade Walk
ANZAC Parade Walk

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