12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Abu Dhabi
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Abu Dhabi

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and then get in on the family fun at Wheel of Brisbane. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland and then let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane route planner .

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Brisbane is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Abu Dhabi to Brisbane. In April, Brisbane is slightly colder than Abu Dhabi - with highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks
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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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea World Theme Park and then get outside with Pelican Feeding. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, then kick back and relax at Surfer's Paradise Beach, and then find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to 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
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

3
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Bondi Beach and Clovelly. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Sydney route planning website .

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. While traveling from Gold Coast, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

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

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.
Kids will enjoy Melbourne Zoo and Melbourne Museum. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, tour the water at your own pace with Melbourne Boat Hire, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and snap pictures at Sandridge Bridge.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Melbourne attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in April, expect Melbourne to be slightly colder, temps between 23°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Eureka Skydeck ©
Eureka Skydeck

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