9 days in Canberra & Melbourne Itinerary

9 days in Canberra & Melbourne Itinerary

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Canberra
— 3 nights
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Melbourne
— 5 nights
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Canberra

— 3 nights

The Bush Capital

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.
You've added Royal Australian Mint, Cockington Green, National Zoo and Aquarium, and other attractions to your itinerary. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Mount Ainslie Lookout, enjoy breathtaking views from Telstra Tower, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Burley Griffin.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Canberra holiday builder.

Sydney to Canberra is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Canberra when traveling from Sydney in December, with lows around 14°C. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Tue) before leaving for Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Parks · Childrens Museums · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Melbourne

— 5 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 list of things to see and do now includes Churchill Island, Penguin Parade, SkyHigh Mount Dandenong, and other attractions. Take a break from Melbourne with a short trip to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay, about 1h 35 min away. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, admire the landmark architecture of Royal Exhibition Building, and make a trip to Block Arcade.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Melbourne are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

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