17 days in Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

17 days in Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

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Sydney
— 6 nights
2
Melbourne
— 7 nights

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Manly Scenic Walkway and Nan Tien Temple. Get in touch with nature at Bondi to Coogee Walk and Shelly Beach. When in Sydney, make a side trip to see Kiama Blowhole in Kiama, approximately Kiama away. There's lots more to do: stop by The Rocks, steep yourself in history at St. Mary's Cathedral, enjoy the sand and surf at Balmoral Beach, Mosman, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney route planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to Sydney is an approximately 26-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Lisbon to Sydney. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Lisbon in January, with highs in Sydney at 32°C and lows at 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Bondi to Coogee Walk, Nan Tien Temple, Shelly Beach, Kiama Blowhole, Balmoral Beach, Mosman
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk

7
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Eastern Beach Reserve and 13th Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Ballarat Wildlife Park and Bells Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: McCrae Beach (in McCrae), Ocean Beach (in Nelson) and Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park (in Pearcedale). Spend the 19th (Sat) exploring nature at Point Nepean National Park. Spend the 17th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, and stroll through Somers Beach.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip maker.

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 17°C in Melbourne. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Point Nepean National Park, McCrae Beach, Eastern Beach Reserve, Bells Beach, 13th Beach
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 19:
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Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park
Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park ©
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve

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