16 days in Sydney & Hamilton Island Itinerary

16 days in Sydney & Hamilton Island Itinerary

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16 days in Sydney & Hamilton Island Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
train + bus + Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Hamilton Island
— 6 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

6
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The National Pass and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum. Let the collections at Observatory Hill and HARS Aviation Museum capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Bald Hill Lookout (in Stanwell Tops), Barrenjoey Lighthouse (in Palm Beach) and Ocean Beach (in Umina Beach). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Bronte Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Sydney Harbour Circle Walk, steep yourself in history at Vaucluse House, and take in the waterfront at Cockle Bay Wharf.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Sydney trip itinerary builder website .

Washington DC, USA to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales), which is usually a 15 hour difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Washington DC in December: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 81°F and lows are around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Bald Hill Lookout, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Barrenjoey Lighthouse, The National Pass, HARS Aviation Museum
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Bronte Beach ©
Bronte Beach
The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum

6
nights
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Attractions like Catseye Beach and Wild life Hamilton Island make great kid-friendly stops. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hamilton Island Golf Club and Passage Peak. The adventure continues: bet on your favorite at Go-Kart Racing Track, go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina, perfect your strike at Hamilton Island Bowling Alley, and have some family-friendly fun at Sports Club.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hamilton Island day trip website .

Getting from Sydney to Hamilton Island by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Traveling from Sydney in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Hamilton Island, with lows of 76°F. You will leave for home on the 1st (Fri).

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club

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