23 days in Melbourne, Canberra & Sydney Itinerary

23 days in Melbourne, Canberra & Sydney Itinerary

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23 days in Melbourne, Canberra & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  7​h
1
Melbourne
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Canberra
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Sydney
— 8 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Auckland

7
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get outdoors at Royal Botanic Gardens and St. Kilda Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Melbourne Central and Degraves Street. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Melbourne: The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay) and Sovereign Hill (in Ballarat). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, take a memorable tour with Tours, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Melbourne day trip planning tool .

Auckland, New Zealand to Melbourne is an approximately 7-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Auckland to Melbourne. Traveling from Auckland in October, expect nights in Melbourne to be slightly colder, around 9°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

The Great Ocean Road, St. Kilda Beach, Sovereign Hill
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Balloon Rides
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

6
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.
Head to Macenmist Black Truffles & Wines and Strathnairn Galleryfor some retail therapy. Get a sense of the local culture at Australian War Memorial and Scott Leggo Gallery. Explore Canberra's surroundings by going to Gundog Cork Street Cellar (in Gundaroo), Bungendore Wood Works Gallery (in Bungendore) and Wily Trout Vineyard (in Murrumbateman). There's lots more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Tootsie, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, do a tasting at Surveyor's Hill Bed and Breakfast, and get curious at Questacon.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Canberra travel itinerary planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Melbourne in October, plan for little chillier nights in Canberra, with lows around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Shopping Wineries

Side Trips

Tortured Gum Brewery, Wily Trout Vineyard, Tootsie, Gundog Cork Street Cellar, Bungendore Wood Works Gallery
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
Gundog Cork Street Cellar ©
Gundog Cork Street Cellar

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.
Visiting Bondi Beach and Wentworth Falls will get you outdoors. We've included these beaches for you: Manly Beach and Clovelly Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Lincoln's Rock (in Blue Mountains National Park) and Katoomba (Katoomba Antique Centre, Lost Bear Gallery, & more). The adventure continues: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, and explore the world behind art at Brett Whiteley Studio.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Sydney travel itinerary planner .

Drive from Canberra to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Canberra in October since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Katoomba, Lincoln's Rock
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©