7 days in Parramatta, Katoomba & Canberra Itinerary

7 days in Parramatta, Katoomba & Canberra Itinerary

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7 days in Parramatta, Katoomba & Canberra Itinerary

Start: Parramatta
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
End: Parramatta


Parramatta ©
Parramatta is a suburb of Sydney, Australia, 23km west of its central business district on the banks of the Parramatta River. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Featherdale Wildlife Park, ponder the world of politics at Old Government House, then take an in-depth tour of Female Orphan School and Margaret Whitlam Galleries, and finally stop by Sweetness the Pattiserie.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Parramatta trip planner .

If you are flying in from Singapore, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. In July, daytime highs in Parramatta are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Parramatta

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trips

Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sweetness the Pattiserie
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Featherdale Wildlife Park ©
Featherdale Wildlife Park
Sweetness the Pattiserie ©
Sweetness the Pattiserie
Old Government House ©
Old Government House


Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
On the 8th (Mon), take in the exciting artwork at Gallery One88, explore the galleries of Lost Bear Gallery, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bilpin Cider Company, and finally Head underground at Jenolan Caves. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass, admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, then explore the world behind art at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, then view the masterpieces at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, and finally pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Odd Mountain.

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Getting from Parramatta to Katoomba by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Katoomba can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Canberra.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Blue Mountains National Park, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Bilpin Cider Company, Jenolan Caves
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The Three Sisters ©
The Three Sisters
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls


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.
Australian War Memorial and Gundog Cork Street Cellar are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to Strathnairn Gallery and Scott Leggo Galleryfor some retail therapy. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Burley Griffin, stroll through ANZAC Parade Walk, and identify plant and animal life at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Canberra vacation site .

You can drive from Katoomba to Canberra in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Katoomba in July, things will get slightly colder in Canberra: highs are around 13°C and lows about 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Canberra

Parks Museums Trails

Side Trip

Gundog Cork Street Cellar
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve ©
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve