5 days in Canberra & Sydney Itinerary

5 days in Canberra & Sydney Itinerary

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5 days in Canberra & Sydney Itinerary

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

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.
For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Canberra trip itinerary site .

Melbourne to Canberra is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. December in Canberra sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 14°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Sat) before leaving for Sydney.
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:
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Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
Mount Ainslie Lookout ©
Mount Ainslie Lookout

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Katoomba (Wentworth Falls & The Three Sisters). The adventure continues: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Sydney trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Canberra to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Katoomba
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Coogee Beach ©
Coogee Beach

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