21 days in Sydney, Canberra & Melbourne Itinerary

21 days in Sydney, Canberra & Melbourne Itinerary

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21 days in Sydney, Canberra & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Canberra
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 7 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: London

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.
Spend the 24th (Fri) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's still lots to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Sydney visit app .

London, UK to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Sydney due to the time zone difference. In May, Sydney is somewhat warmer than London - with highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Sydney Harbour National Park
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Canberra: Wily Trout Vineyard (in Murrumbateman) and Gundog Cork Street Cellar (in Gundaroo). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, get a sense of history and politics at Parliament of Australia, admire the masterpieces at National Portrait Gallery, and sample the tasty concoctions at Tortured Gum Brewery.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Canberra online trip builder .

Drive from Sydney to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in May; daily highs in Canberra reach 19°C and lows reach 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Wineries Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Tortured Gum Brewery, Gundog Cork Street Cellar, Wily Trout Vineyard
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Gundog Cork Street Cellar ©
Gundog Cork Street Cellar
Tortured Gum Brewery ©
Tortured Gum Brewery

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.
Step out of Melbourne to go to Torquay and see The Great Ocean Road, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. Dedicate the 6th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne trip planning website .

Fly from Canberra to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Melbourne when traveling from Canberra in May, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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