25 days in Sydney & Canberra Itinerary

25 days in Sydney & Canberra Itinerary

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25 days in Sydney & Canberra Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Sydney
— 13 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Canberra
— 10 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Johannesburg

13
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.
You'll explore and learn at Australian National Maritime Museum and Art Gallery of New South Wales. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nan Tien Temple and Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame. Venture out of the city with trips to Wollongong (Wollongong Head Lighthouse & Grand Pacific Drive - Sydney to Wollongong and Beyond), Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves) and Katoomba (Wentworth Falls, Echo Point Lookout, & more). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of The Rocks, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Cathedral, and hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip maker .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Sydney is an approximately 15-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) is 8 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Wollongong, Katoomba, Jenolan Caves, Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame, Taronga Zoo
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 22:
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Nan Tien Temple ©
Nan Tien Temple
St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral

10
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.
Get some historical perspective at Gundagai Heritage Railway and Garroorigang Historic Home. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Portrait Gallery and Australian War Memorial. Explore Canberra's surroundings by going to Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex (in Paddys River), Gundagai (Yarri and Jacky Jacky Sculpture & Gundagai Museum) and Cooma (The Cooma Cenotaph, Corrective Services NSW Museum, & more). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Australia, take in nature's colorful creations at National Arboretum Canberra, identify plant and animal life at Floriade, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saints Peter and Paul's Old Cathedral.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Canberra online travel planner .

You can drive from Sydney to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Sydney in December since evenings lows in Canberra dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Canberra

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Goulburn, Gundagai, Cooma, Mugga-Mugga Cottage, Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex
Find places to stay Dec 22 — Jan 1:
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National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery
Old Parliament House ©
Old Parliament House
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial

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