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: Melbourne
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 16 nights
End: Melbourne

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): look for gifts at Sydney Fish Market, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, and then wander the streets of Darling Harbour. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Clovelly, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Sydney holiday planner.

Melbourne to Sydney is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and train. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Melbourne in March, with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Parks Beaches
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): get curious at Questacon, get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and then make a trip to Mount Ainslie Lookout. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial, then admire the masterpieces at National Portrait Gallery, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Burley Griffin.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Canberra vacation planner.

You can drive from Sydney to Canberra in 5 hours. Traveling from Sydney in March, expect slightly colder with lows of 12°C in Canberra. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
Questacon ©
Questacon

16
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Family-friendly places like Melbourne Museum and St. Kilda Beach will thrill your kids. Old Melbourne Gaol and Melbourne Town Hall will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Melbourne side-trips: Spas & Wellness (in Rye), Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee) and Eastern Beach (in Geelong). Dedicate the 12th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Melbourne Central, explore the galleries of Shrine of Remembrance, take an in-depth tour of Immigration Museum, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Melbourne itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Canberra to Melbourne takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in March, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Eastern Beach Reserve, Middle Park Beach, Scienceworks, Dandenong Ranges National Park, St. Kilda Beach
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Balloon Rides
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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