11 days in Brisbane, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

11 days in Brisbane, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

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11 days in Brisbane, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Brisbane
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + tram + foot + bus:  25​h
End: Fort Lauderdale

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, explore and take pictures at Suncorp Stadium, and then take in the waterfront at Eagle Street Pier.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane planner .

Fort Lauderdale, USA to Brisbane is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, tram, and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 15 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Fort Lauderdale in January; daily highs in Brisbane reach 84°F and lows reach 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Brisbane

Wildlife Parks
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Eagle Street Pier ©
Eagle Street Pier
Suncorp Stadium
Suncorp Stadium

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Melbourne Gaol and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Eastern Beach Reserve and St Paul's Cathedral. When in Melbourne, make a side trip to see Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park in Pearcedale, approximately 1h 05 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and make a trip to Melbourne Star Observation Wheel.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Melbourne online itinerary planner .

Getting from Brisbane to Melbourne by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in January, Melbourne is a bit cooler at night with lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Eastern Beach Reserve, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral

4
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate The Rocks and St. Mary's Cathedral. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Manly Beach, trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sydney day trip tool .

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral

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