9 days in Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

9 days in Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

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9 days in Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Newark


4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Manly Beach and Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk. You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of The Rocks, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Clovelly.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Sydney road trip planning tool .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in December, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ballarat Wildlife Park and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Shrine of Remembrance and Melbourne Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: Phillip Island Wildlife Park (in Cowes), Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit (in Ventnor) and Art Gallery of Ballarat (in Ballarat). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Paul's Cathedral, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and contemplate the long history of Parliament House of Victoria.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne road trip site .

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, plan for slightly colder nights in Melbourne, with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Ballarat, Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Phillip Island Wildlife Park
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Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Art Gallery of Ballarat ©
Art Gallery of Ballarat

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