12 days in Canberra & Melbourne Itinerary

12 days in Canberra & Melbourne Itinerary

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12 days in Canberra & Melbourne Itinerary

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

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.
Old Parliament House and Canberra Glassworks are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Macenmist Black Truffles & Wines and National Arboretum Canberra. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, get to know the fascinating history of Canberra Rotary Peace Bell, shop like a local with Fyshwick Fresh Food Market, and get a sense of history and politics at Royal Australian Mint.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Canberra trip itinerary builder tool .

Sydney to Canberra is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. Expect little chillier evenings in Canberra when traveling from Sydney in December, with lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trip

Macenmist Black Truffles & Wines
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Australian National Botanic Gardens ©
Macenmist Black Truffles & Wines ©
Macenmist Black Truffles & Wines

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Art Gallery of Ballarat and Shrine of Remembrance. Get some historical perspective at Old Melbourne Gaol and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: Eastern Beach Reserve (in Geelong), Ballarat Wildlife Park (in Ballarat) and Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery (in Yarra Glen). Dedicate the 31st (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Maru Koala and Animal Park, take a stroll through Degraves Street, get engrossed in the history at Immigration Museum, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip planner .

Fly from Canberra to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Tours Museums

Side Trips

Ballarat, Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery, Eastern Beach Reserve, St. Kilda Beach, Maru Koala and Animal Park
Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 3:
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Art Gallery of Ballarat ©
Art Gallery of Ballarat
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens

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