16 days in Canberra, Sydney & Blue Mountains National Park Itinerary

16 days in Canberra, Sydney & Blue Mountains National Park Itinerary

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16 days in Canberra, Sydney & Blue Mountains National Park Itinerary

Start: Maryborough
Drive:  7​h 30​min
1
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Blue Mountains National Park
— 10 nights
Drive:  8​h 45​min
End: Maryborough

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 20th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Greek Orthodox Church of St Nicholas, then make a trip to Mugga-Mugga Cottage, and then stroll through ANZAC Parade Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Tortured Gum Brewery, then look for all kinds of wild species at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, and then sample the fine beverages at Underground Spirits.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Canberra road trip planning website .

Maryborough to Canberra is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive. In January in Canberra, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Mugga-Mugga Cottage, Tortured Gum Brewery
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ANZAC Parade Walk
ANZAC Parade Walk
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve ©
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
Mugga-Mugga Cottage ©
Mugga-Mugga Cottage

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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): identify plant and animal life at North Head Sanctuary, pause for some serene contemplation at St Matthew's on the Corso, and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): look for gifts at The Strand Arcade, then enjoy the sea views from Barrenjoey Lighthouse, and then stroll through Ocean Beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Canberra to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sydney, with lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Blue Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Manly, Barrenjoey Lighthouse, Ocean Beach
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Ocean Beach ©
Ocean Beach
Barrenjoey Lighthouse ©
Barrenjoey Lighthouse
St Matthew's on the Corso ©
St Matthew's on the Corso

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Blue Mountains National Park

Blue Mountains National Park ©
This is the official community page for Blue Mountains National Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hazelbrook Cottage Antiques and Rick Rutherford's Country. Visiting Pulpit Rock Lookout and Grand Canyon track will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Glen Davis Ruins in Glen Davis (about 1h 10 min away). Spend the 24th (Thu) exploring nature at Kanangra-Boyd National Park. There's lots more to do: trek along Cathedral of Ferns Walk, explore the stunning scenery at Lincoln's Rock, admire the natural beauty at Yengo Sculpture Gardens, and take some stellar pictures from Hanging Rock.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Blue Mountains National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Blue Mountains National Park takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. On the 3rd (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Blue Mountains National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Mt Wilson, Lawson, Glen Davis Ruins, Hazelbrook Cottage Antiques, The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden
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Pulpit Rock Lookout ©
Pulpit Rock Lookout
Lincoln's Rock ©
Lincoln's Rock
Hazelbrook Cottage Antiques ©
Hazelbrook Cottage Antiques

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