12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Perth
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h
4
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

2
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.
You've now added Sydney Opera House to your itinerary. On the 18th (Wed), wander the streets of King Street, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Clovelly Beach, and finally catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Bronte Beach, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then take in the exciting artwork at Ambush Gallery.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney day trip planning site .

Melbourne to Sydney is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sydney, with lows of 65°F. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Bronte Beach
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Do your shopping at Tyde and McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park. National Vietnam Veterans Museum and Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: Swim with Dolphins (in Sorrento), Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park (in Pearcedale) and Cowes (Phillip Island Wildlife Park & Koala Conservation Centre). Next up on the itinerary: explore the landscape on two wheels at Sandridge Trail and enjoy the sand and surf at Frankston Beach.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne day trip planner.

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Melbourne, with lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cowes, Frankston Beach, McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park, Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:
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Phillip Island Wildlife Park ©
Phillip Island Wildlife Park
Koala Conservation Centre ©
Koala Conservation Centre

3
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
On the 24th (Tue), examine the collection at Western Australian Maritime Museum, explore the galleries of Fremantle Prison, and then stroll through Cottesloe Beach. On your second day here, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then take in the views from Elizabeth Quay, then admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, and finally look for gifts at Aspects of Kings Park.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Perth travel itinerary planner .

Fly from Melbourne to Perth in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Perth. When traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Perth: temperatures range from 86°F by day to 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Perth

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Fremantle, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Cottesloe Beach
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe 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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then see the interesting displays at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nepalese Pagoda. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): look for gifts at Noosa Chocolate Factory, admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, and then kick back and relax at Dicky Beach.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, read Brisbane road trip planning app .

You can fly from Perth to Brisbane in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 2 hours. Traveling from Perth in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Brisbane, with lows of 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trip

Caloundra
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach

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