18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Sydney

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Melbourne Zoo and Melbourne Museum. Take a break from Melbourne with a short trip to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee, about 42 minutes away. Dedicate the 31st (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne trip builder site .

Sydney to Melbourne is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 14°C in Melbourne. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Tours, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trip

Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo

4
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Family-friendly places like Sea World Theme Park and Dreamworld will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, and stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast day trip planning app .

Getting from Melbourne to Gold Coast by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, Gold Coast is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Theme Parks, #Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World ©
Warner Bros. Movie World
Dreamworld ©
Dreamworld

5
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.
Attractions like Bondi Beach and Sea Life Sydney Aquarium make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, see a show at Sydney Opera House, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Sydney travel route planner .

You can fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. On the 9th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

3
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.
On the 9th (Wed), admire all the interesting features of Suncorp Stadium. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane road trip planning tool .

You can fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In January in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Fun & Games, #Wildlife
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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