14 days in Canberra & Melbourne Itinerary

14 days in Canberra & Melbourne Itinerary

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14 days in Canberra & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Drive:  3​h 15​min
1
Canberra
— 7 nights
Drive:  7​h
2
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Drive:  9​h
End: Sydney

7
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Australian National Botanic Gardens and Wee Jasper Reserves. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Gundagai Heritage Railway and Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Canberra: Murrumbateman (Four Winds Vineyard, McKellar Ridge Wines, & more), Goulburn (Saints Peter and Paul's Old Cathedral, Garroorigang Historic Home, & more) and Yarri and Jacky Jacky Sculpture (in Gundagai). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, steep yourself in history at Lanyon Homestead, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St John the Baptist Church, and get to know the fascinating history of Canberra Rotary Peace Bell.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Canberra online tour itinerary planner .

Sydney to Canberra is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Sydney in December, plan for little chillier nights in Canberra, with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Goulburn, Murrumbateman, Gundagai, Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 29:
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Australian National Botanic Gardens ©
Wee Jasper Reserves ©
Wee Jasper Reserves

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Art Gallery of Ballarat and Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery. Do some cultural sightseeing at Shrine of Remembrance and Degraves Street. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: Eastern Beach Reserve (in Geelong), Ballarat Wildlife Park (in Ballarat) and St Anne's Winery (in Bacchus Marsh). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Dandenong Ranges National Park, and take a stroll through Melbourne Central.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne journey maker site .

You can fly from Canberra to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. December in Melbourne sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Ballarat, Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery, Dandenong Ranges National Park, St Anne's Winery, Eastern Beach Reserve
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 3:
Highlights from your plan
Art Gallery of Ballarat ©
Art Gallery of Ballarat
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park

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