22 days in Sydney, Canberra & Melbourne Itinerary

22 days in Sydney, Canberra & Melbourne Itinerary

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22 days in Sydney, Canberra & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Canberra
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 8 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: London

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Rocks and Art Gallery of New South Wales. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Next up on the itinerary: see a show at Sydney Opera House, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, contemplate the long history of Justice & Police Museum, and see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney online journey builder .

London, UK to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Sydney. In September, daytime highs in Sydney are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Outdoors Parks
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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.
Australian War Memorial and Questacon are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at National Gallery of Australia and National Bonsai & Penjing Collection capture your imagination. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at National Portrait Gallery, look for all kinds of wild species at Floriade, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St John the Baptist Church, and take in the exciting artwork at Drill Hall Gallery.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Canberra online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Canberra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in September; daily highs in Canberra reach 20°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Tours Childrens Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
Questacon ©
Questacon

8
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne Museum and National Gallery of Victoria will appeal to museum buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Royal Botanic Gardens and Melbourne Zoo. Get out of town with these interesting Melbourne side-trips: The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay) and Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee). The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and stroll through St. Kilda Beach.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Melbourne trip planner.

You can fly from Canberra to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Canberra in September since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Scienceworks, Werribee Open Range Zoo, Historic St Andrew's Anglican Church, The Great Ocean Road, Australian Print Workshop
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Balloon Rides
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

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