38 days in Melbourne & Canberra Itinerary

38 days in Melbourne & Canberra Itinerary

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38 days in Melbourne & Canberra Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 20 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Canberra
— 17 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
End: Sydney

20
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay), Cardinia Beaconhills Golf Links (in Beaconsfield Upper) and Fort Queenscliff Museum (in Queenscliff). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne trip itinerary planning website .

Sydney to Melbourne is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Melbourne, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Cowes, St Kilda, Cheltenham Golf Club, Werribee Open Range Zoo, The Nobbies Centre
Find places to stay Jan 22 — Feb 11:
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

17
nights
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Explore Canberra's surroundings by going to Batemans Bay (Batemans Bay Heritage Museum & Batemans Bay Mini Golf), Goulburn (Goulburn Historic Waterworks Museum, Belmore Park, & more) and Gundog Cork Street Cellar (in Gundaroo). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, browse the exhibits of National Museum of Australia, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and explore the activities along Lake Burley Griffin.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Canberra online trip maker .

Fly from Melbourne to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in February, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Canberra

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Goulburn, Batemans Bay, Moss Vale, Berrima District Museum, Queanbeyan Museum
Find places to stay Feb 11 — 28:
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia

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