31 days in Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

31 days in Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

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31 days in Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Beijing
Fly:  15​h
1
Sydney
— 15 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 14 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Beijing

15
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 get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Clovelly Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Bilgola Beach (in Bilgola), Shelly Beach (in Manly) and Katoomba (The Three Sisters & Wentworth Falls). There's lots more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Store Beach.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Sydney trip itinerary planner.

Beijing, China to Sydney is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Beijing to Sydney. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Beijing in January, with highs in Sydney at 32°C and lows at 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, Shelly Beach, Bilgola Beach
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

14
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
We've included these beaches for you: St. Kilda Beach and Dendy Street Beach. Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay), Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee) and Cheltenham Golf Club (in Cheltenham). Dedicate the 23rd (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Royal Botanic Gardens, get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip planner .

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Melbourne, with lows of 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Ventnor, Dendy Street Beach, Werribee Open Range Zoo, The Great Ocean Road, Cheltenham Golf Club
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The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Half Moon Bay ©
Half Moon Bay

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