25 days in Canberra, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

25 days in Canberra, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

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25 days in Canberra, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Canberra
1
Canberra
— 12 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Canberra
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Toronto

12
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.
Shop till you drop at Macenmist Black Truffles & Wines and Strathnairn Gallery. Museum-lovers will appreciate Australian War Memorial and Scott Leggo Gallery. Venture out of the city with trips to Murrumbateman (Wily Trout Vineyard, McKellar Ridge Wines, & more), Surveyor's Hill Bed and Breakfast (in Wallaroo) and Gundog Cork Street Cellar (in Gundaroo). Spend the 20th (Fri) exploring nature at Morton National Park. Spend the 23rd (Mon) exploring nature at Namadgi National Park. There's still lots to do: view the masterpieces at Tootsie, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, admire the masterpieces at National Portrait Gallery, and explore the galleries of Canberra Glassworks.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Canberra trip builder app .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airport is Canberra International Airport. December in Canberra sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Murrumbateman, Tortured Gum Brewery, Corrective Services NSW Museum, Tootsie, Gundog Cork Street Cellar
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 24:
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery

3
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
For shopping fun, head to Melbourne Central or Craft Victoria. Get some cultural insight at Shrine of Remembrance and Degraves Street. Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Royal Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Canberra to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Melbourne sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:
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Balloon Rides
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

3
nights
Canberra

Canberra ©
Step out of the city life by going to Canberra Reptile Zoo and Balloon Rides. Garroorigang Historic Home and Presbyterian Church of St. Andrew will appeal to history buffs. See some other sides of Canberra: explore the world behind art at Drill Hall Gallery, do a tasting at Capital Wines, Head underground at Yarrangobilly Caves, and ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Canberra driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Canberra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Capital Wines, Garroorigang Historic Home, Yarrangobilly Caves
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
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Canberra Reptile Zoo ©
Canberra Reptile Zoo
Old Parliament House ©
Old Parliament House
Drill Hall Gallery ©
Drill Hall Gallery

5
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Manly Beach and Bondi Beach. For shopping fun, head to Sydney Fish Market or Billich Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Katoomba (Wentworth Falls & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours). Next up on the itinerary: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, wander the streets of The Rocks, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney travel route planning site .

Traveling by car from Canberra to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Canberra in December since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Katoomba
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 4:
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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