9 days in Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

9 days in Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

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9 days in Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Manila, Luzon
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Manila, Luzon

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk and Nan Tien Temple. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Rocks and Sydney Harbour Circle Walk. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Norah Head Lighthouse (in Norah Head), Barrenjoey Lighthouse (in Palm Beach) and Wollongong Head Lighthouse (in Wollongong). There's lots more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and don't miss a visit to Mrs Macquarie's Chair.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip builder site .

Manila, Philippines to Sydney is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Manila to Sydney. Traveling from Manila in August, expect Sydney to be much colder, temps between 22°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Wollongong, Barrenjoey Lighthouse, Norah Head Lighthouse
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Nan Tien Temple ©
Nan Tien Temple
Wollongong Head Lighthouse ©
Wollongong Head Lighthouse

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
William Ricketts Sanctuary and Cape Schanck Lighthouse will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as St Paul's Cathedral and Rippon Lea Estate. Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to Panorama Garden Estate (in Boneo) and Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail (in Lilydale). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, contemplate the long history of Abbotsford Convent, and examine the collection at National Sports Museum.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne day trip app .

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Sydney in August: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 16°C and lows are around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

William Ricketts Sanctuary, Cape Schanck Lighthouse, Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail, Panorama Garden Estate, Rippon Lea Estate
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William Ricketts Sanctuary ©
William Ricketts Sanctuary
Cape Schanck Lighthouse ©
Cape Schanck Lighthouse
St Paul's Cathedral ©
St Paul's Cathedral

2
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, then meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and finally wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Sydney trip site .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in August, things will get a bit warmer in Sydney: highs are around 22°C and lows about 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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