17 days in Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

17 days in Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

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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 Kiama Blowhole and Manly Scenic Walkway. Get in touch with nature at Bondi to Coogee Walk and Shelly Beach. When in Sydney, make a side trip to see Nan Tien Temple in Wollongong, approximately Wollongong away. There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, 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 catch the flight to Melbourne.
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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 Bells Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Ballarat Wildlife Park and Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: McCrae Beach (in McCrae), Ocean Beach (in Nelson) and 13th Beach (in Barwon Heads). 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, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance, 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 3 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 catch the flight back home.
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