12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Chennai

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Moffat Beach, then have some family-friendly fun at South Bank Parklands, and then contemplate the long history of Victoria Bridge Abutment. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip itinerary planner.

Chennai, India to Brisbane is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Chennai to Brisbane, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chennai in May, things will get cooler in Brisbane: highs are around 27°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
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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

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.
Attractions like Bondi Beach and Australian National Maritime Museum make great kid-friendly stops. Spend the 20th (Mon) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's lots more to do: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, wander the streets of The Rocks, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Sydney online vacation planner .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. May in Sydney sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): get curious at Questacon, get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and then take in the pleasant sights at City Walk.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Canberra journey planner .

You can drive from Sydney to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In May, Canberra is slightly colder than Sydney - with highs of 19°C and lows of 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Questacon ©
Questacon
City Walk ©
City Walk

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and then admire the landmark architecture of Royal Exhibition Building. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, then get your game on at Zero Latency, then take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne online attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in May, Melbourne is a bit warmer at night with lows of 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Eureka Skydeck 88 ©
Eureka Skydeck 88

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