The Capital Hop: Visit some of Australia 's capitals and the best bits between them
This itinerary was designed with travellers who are slightly pressed for time, but would still like to see as much of the East Coast of Australia as possible, in mind. It takes in three capitals namely the state capitals of Victoria (Melbourne) and New South Wales (Sydney), as well as the national capital (Canberra).
Day 1 – Melbourne
The Victorian Capital has so much to offer that it is difficult to know where to start in terms of suggestions. You should however be sure not to miss the Botanical Gardens, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (one of the icons of Australian sport) and the historic city centre. Read more about Melbourne.
Day 2 – Melbourne to Lakes Entrance
Drive down the Princess Highway through the Gippsland region and explore some its lakes, forests, waterways and beaches. Read more about Lakes Entrance.
Day 3 – Lakes Entrance to Batemans Bay
Spend another day travelling Northward through a land of forests and stunning sea views. Be sure to leave the ‘beaten track' every now and then so sample some of the coastal towns and villages along the way. Read more about Batemans Bay.
Day 3 and 4 – Canberra
Get an early start and make you way over to Australia 's capital Canberra. There are many things to see and do but you should, at the very least, try to include the Houses of Parliament, the National Gallery and the Australian War Memorial on your ‘to see' list. Read more about Canberra.
Day 5 – Canberra to Sydney
It takes about four hours to drive from Canberra to Sydney . Try to do this early in the morning in order to give yourself as much time as possible in Sydney . When you get there you will obviously be spoiled for choice in terms of things to see and do! Most first time visitors head towards the city centre to see the Opera House and Harbour Bridge as soon as they possibly can! Read more about Sydney.
Day 6 – Sydney
Spend another day exploring one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The city is so large and diverse that there is bound to be something for everyone. Perhaps you could head down to Bondi beach for the ultimate in beach culture or get up close and personal with the animal kingdom at the fabulous Taronga Zoo.