9 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Ballarat Itinerary

9 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Ballarat Itinerary

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9 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Ballarat Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Ballarat
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Sydney

2
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.
Norah Head Lighthouse and Waverley Cemetery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Barrenjoey Lighthouse and First Fleet Park are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park (in Calga), Sea Cliff Bridge (in Coalcliff) and Wollongong (Port Kembla Beach & Wollongong To Thirroul Bike Track). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at North Head Sanctuary and kick back and relax at Maroubra Beach.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Sydney day trip website .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Sydney. March in Sydney sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Wollongong, Maroubra Beach, Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park, Norah Head Lighthouse, First Fleet Park
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Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park ©
Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park
North Head Sanctuary ©
North Head Sanctuary
Barrenjoey Lighthouse ©
Barrenjoey Lighthouse

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.
Take a break from the city and head to 13th Beach and Point Lonsdale Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Rye Beach and Redwood Forest. Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to Point Lonsdale Lighthouse (in Point Lonsdale), Safety Beach (in Dromana) and Warburton Rainforest Gallery (in Warburton).

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne online visit planner .

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in April, expect Melbourne to be little chillier, temps between 23°C and 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Ballarat.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Point Lonsdale, Warburton, 13th Beach, Safety Beach, Rye Beach
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Rye Beach ©
Rye Beach
13th Beach ©
13th Beach
Redwood Forest ©
Redwood Forest

3
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Ballarat

Ballarat ©
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Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Hepburn Lagoon - Trail Rides, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Main Street, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Daylesford Cider Company, and finally learn about winemaking at Passing Clouds Winery. On your second day here, make a trip to Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, contemplate the waterfront views at St George's Lake, then do a tasting at Captains Creek Organic Wines, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Ballarat attractions app .

Take a train from Melbourne to Ballarat in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Ballarat are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ballarat

Parks Wildlife Wineries

Side Trips

Hepburn Springs, Daylesford, St George's Lake, Captains Creek Organic Wines, Main Street
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Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve ©
Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve
Ballarat Bird World ©
Ballarat Bird World
Captains Creek Organic Wines ©
Captains Creek Organic Wines

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