Two weeks in Sydney and Melbourne
In Sydney, you can climb the Harbour Bridge and visit the Opera House.
In Sydney, you can climb the Harbour Bridge and visit the Opera House. Close to Sydney’s fringes, explore the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains or the vine-lined Hunter Valley. Swim with dolphins in Port Stephens or in sparkling Jervis Bay. Fly or drive to Melbourne, the place to soak up culture in the galleries and drink, dine and shop in secret laneways. Drive to Phillip Island, the Mornington Peninsula or along the spectacular Great Ocean Road to Bells Beach and The Twelve Apostles.
Start in the cobblestone streets of The Rocks, the harbour side precinct where Sydney began. Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge and ride a ferry past the Opera House to Manly. Visit the museums and historic sites along Macquarie Street, then wander the lush Botanic Gardens. Take the ferry to Watsons Bay or enjoy the panorama on a harbour cruise. Learn to surf at Bondi Beach, swim in Coogee’s calm waters or head north to Palm Beach. Wine, dine and shop in inner-city precincts such as Darling Harbour, Paddington, Surry Hills, Potts Point, Glebe and Newtown. Past Sydney’s fringes, you can bush walk in the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains and spend the night in a quaint mountain village. North of Sydney, discover the Hawkesbury River and surf beaches of the Central Coast. Visit the Hunter Valley wineries and swim with dolphins in Port Stephens. South of Sydney, camp in the Royal National Park or snorkel off the powder-white sand of Jervis Bay.
Condense the Sydney to Melbourne Coastal Drive into three days including a side trip to Canberra, Australia’s capital, or fly to maximise your time. Visit Federation Square, Melbourne’s landmark cultural space, and wander nearby Southbank. Explore the city’s laneways for alfresco dining, jazz and wine bars, cafes and boutiques. Take the tram to St Kilda for cake on Auckland St or a stroll on the promenade. Go shopping on bohemian Brunswick Street or chic Chapel Street. Walk through the Royal Botanic Gardens or catch an AFL game at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Day trip to Phillip Island to watch fairy penguins waddle home en masse. On the nearby Mornington Peninsula, you can swim with dolphins and visit a spa or winery. Drive the spectacular Great Ocean Road to the iconic Bells Beach, Otway National Park and the magnificent Twelve Apostles. Stay in scenic seaside towns such as Apollo Bay, Lorne and Port Fairy along the way.