17 days in Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

17 days in Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

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Sydney
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Sydney

— 6 nights

The Harbour City

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 Coogee Beach. Get in touch with nature at Bondi to Coogee Walk and Manly Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Shelly Beach (in Manly), Nan Tien Temple (in Wollongong) and Kiama Blowhole (in Kiama). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Balmoral Beach, Mosman, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney itinerary planning site.

Lisbon, Portugal to Sydney is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Sydney is 10 hours. Traveling from Lisbon in January, things will get much warmer in Sydney: highs are around 32°C and lows about 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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Melbourne

— 7 nights

Australia's Garden City

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 Ocean Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Ballarat Wildlife Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: Bells Beach (in Torquay), Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park (in Pearcedale) and 13th Beach (in Barwon Heads). Spend the 19th (Sat) exploring nature at Point Nepean National Park. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, kick back and relax at Somers Beach, and pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne attractions planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Melbourne when traveling from Sydney in January, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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