8 days in Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

8 days in Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

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8 days in Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Shanghai
Fly:  14​h
1
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Shanghai

1
night
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, admire the natural beauty at Fitzroy Gardens, then brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne trip itinerary builder .

Shanghai, China to Melbourne is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Shanghai to Melbourne. Traveling from Shanghai in December, expect nights in Melbourne to be a bit warmer, around 14°C, while days are much warmer, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Eureka Skydeck 88 ©
Eureka Skydeck 88

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.
Kids will enjoy Coogee Beach and Manly Beach. There's still lots to do: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, see a show at Sydney Opera House, and appreciate the history behind Mrs Macquarie's Chair.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planning app .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 21°C. On the 16th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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