Route & dates
23 days in Brisbane, Perth & Sydney Itinerary
Fly: 22h 45min
Brisbane— 9 nights
Fly: 7h 45min
Perth— 2 nights
Fly: 7h 15min
Sydney— 9 nights
Australia's New World City
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.Satisfy your inner culture vulture at New Govardhana Australia and Wolston Farmhouse. Step off the beaten path and head to Kings Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Kurrawa Beach (in Broadbeach), Natural Bridge (in Springbrook) and Surfers Paradise Golf Club (in Clear Island Waters). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Burleigh Head National Park, view the masterpieces at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, shop like a local with Queen Street Mall, and examine the collection at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre.
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Chicago, USA to Brisbane is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 16 hours traveling from Chicago to Brisbane due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in January: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 84°F and lows are around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Perth.
Things to do in Brisbane
Scuba & Snorkeling, Fingal Head Lighthouse, Kurrawa Beach, Surfers Paradise Golf Club, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
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City of Light
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): examine the collection at Aviation Heritage Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Fremantle Arts Centre, and then enjoy the sand and surf at City Beach.
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Getting from Brisbane to Perth by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Perth is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Brisbane, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Perth, ranging from highs of 90°F to lows of 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.
Things to do in Perth
Fremantle Arts Centre, Aviation Heritage Museum, City Beach
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The Harbour City
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.You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Shelly Beach and Balmoral Beach, Mosman. Escape the urban bustle at Wentworth Falls and Terrigal Beach. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Katoomba (The Giant Stairway & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours) and Wollongong (Port Kembla Beach & Nan Tien Temple). Spend the 2nd (Sat) exploring nature at Seven Mile Beach National Park. Dedicate the 30th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: stroll through Coogee Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Congwong Beach, explore the striking landscape at The Gap Park, and get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.
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You can fly from Perth to Sydney in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Perth to Sydney. Traveling from Perth in January, expect nights in Sydney to be about the same, around 68°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 82°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.
Things to do in Sydney
Katoomba, Wollongong, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Congwong Beach, Shelly Beach
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