Melbourne - Sydney
Melbourne is a fantastic city and a stay here makes for a memorable start to a Two Week Walkabout. Then take time to explore iconic Sydney, the Blue Mountains and the Hunter Valley wine region.
Days One to Seven - Melbourne and surrounds
Melbourne is an amazing place to start your Two Week Walkabout, offering visitors a non-stop celebration of fashion, food, sport and good living. This vibrant city boasts some of the world's best restaurants, a rich heritage, some great attractions and a fantastic beach culture down at St Kilda. 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. 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. Whatever you're in to, Melbourne won't disappoint.
Use two or three of your days to explore regional Victoria, exploring the internationally renowned wineries of the Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula, or the stunning coastline and picturesque towns along the Great Ocean Road. Keep the camera at the ready for snaps of kangaroos, koalas and even the odd platypus if you're lucky!
Melbourne highlights include:
Taking a 'Hidden Secrets Tour' to explore the hidden and hip Laneways & Arcades
Exploring Melbourne using your See Melbourne & Beyond SmartCard - visiting galleries and attractions including The Melbourne Aquarium
The many events that Melbourne is so famous for; the Grand Prix, Australian Open, the Melbourne Cup, the International Comedy Festival – the list goes on and on
Days Eight to Fourteen - Sydney and surrounds
Fly from Melbourne to Sydney where you'll love the spectacular harbour, outdoor lifestyle and great natural beauty. See a performance of opera, ballet or theatre at the world famous Opera House. Walk the winding, sea-sculpted cliffs from Bondi to Bronte or visit Manly's beaches, bars and restaurants by ferry. Sydney also offers fabulous fusion food, world-class shopping and a lively nightlife.
For a trip away from the hustle and bustle of the city, discover a couple of gems perfect for day trips, or just as good for a longer stay.
The Blue Mountains – a two-hour drive or train ride west of Sydney – is a World Heritage Listed Area boasting one million hectares of eucalypt forests, towering sandstone cliffs, underground rivers, caverns, canyons, waterfalls and bushland. Take in the breathtaking panoramas on a bushwalk, mountain bike, climbing rocks, canyoning or abseiling.
There are plenty of opportunities to refuel, with an abundance of restaurants and cafes scattered throughout the region. Accommodation ranges from youth hostels and traditional inns to delightfully restored bed-and-breakfast establishments and five-star luxury hotels.
Alternatively, about two hours drive north of Sydney, the Hunter Valley is Australia's oldest wine region with more than 80 wineries. Picnic, barbecue or dine in one of the many fine restaurants dotted throughout the region. Explore the rolling hills and vineyards by bicycle, horse-drawn carriage or by balloon.