30 days in Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

30 days in Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

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30 days in Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Sydney
— 8 nights
Drive:  345​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Zurich

8
nights
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.
Visit The Rocks and Justice & Police Museum for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Darling Harbour and Nan Tien Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Palm Beach (in Palm Beach), Katoomba (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, The Three Sisters, & more) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Bondi Beach, kick back and relax at Coogee Beach, take a memorable tour with Tours, and catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, read Sydney trip website .

Zurich, Switzerland to Sydney is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Zurich to Sydney, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Zurich in December; daily highs in Sydney reach 32°C and lows reach 21°C. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, Nan Tien Temple, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Shelly Beach, Palm Beach
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
The Giant Stairway ©
The Giant Stairway

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Melbourne Museum and Art Gallery of Ballarat. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ballarat Wildlife Park and ArtVo. There's much more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Patrick's Cathedral, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Paul's Cathedral.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Melbourne trip planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Melbourne, with lows of 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Ballarat
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ArtVo ©
ArtVo
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral

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