21 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Melbourne Itinerary

21 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Melbourne Itinerary

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21 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  25 h
1
Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
2
Brisbane
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  24 h
End: London

7
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 a short trip to Wentworth Falls in Katoomba (about 1h 30 min away). Next up on the itinerary: see a show at Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip planner .

London, UK to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Sydney is 10 hours. In December, Sydney is much hotter than London - with highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Wentworth Falls, Bondi to Coogee Walk
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

5
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Change things up with these side-trips from Brisbane: Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World (in Maleny), Mooloolaba (SunJet Simulations & HMAS Brisbane) and Sunshine Coast Brewery (in Kunda Park). The adventure continues: walk around South Bank Parklands, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland, and explore the activities along The Brisbane River.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane day trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World, Sunshine Coast Brewery, Australia Zoo
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

6
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Step out of Melbourne to go to Torquay and see The Great Ocean Road, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip itinerary app .

Getting from Brisbane to Melbourne by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Brisbane in January since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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