21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Berlin
Fly:  27​h
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Canberra
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Berlin

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne Central and National Gallery of Victoria are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to Degraves Street and Lightning Ridge Opal Minesfor some retail therapy. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, look for gifts at Ambiance Gifts, and contemplate the long history of Shrine of Remembrance.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne vacation builder app .

Berlin, Germany to Melbourne is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) is 9 hours. January in Melbourne sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Shopping, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 5:
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Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

2
nights
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Floriade, then get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Fyshwick Fresh Food Market. Here are some ideas for day two: get a sense of history and politics at Parliament of Australia, admire the masterpieces at National Portrait Gallery, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, and finally make a trip to Mount Ainslie Lookout.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Canberra visit planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Canberra in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Canberra

#Museums, #Wildlife, #Parks
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery

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.
Relax by the water at Dicky Beach and Moffat Beach. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, contemplate the long history of Victoria Bridge Abutment, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, and take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane road trip planning site .

You can fly from Canberra to Brisbane in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Canberra in January, Brisbane is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Caloundra
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 10:
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Victoria Bridge Abutment ©
Victoria Bridge Abutment
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands

3
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.
Visit Surfer's Paradise Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach for some beach relaxation. Shop till you drop at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and Robina Town Shopping Centre. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction, look for all kinds of wild species at David Fleay Wildlife Park, and stroll through Coolangatta Beach.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast day trip website .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. January in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

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.
Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Sydney Fish Market and The Rocks Markets. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney travel route planner .

You can fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 18:
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour

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