12 days in Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

12 days in Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

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12 days in Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Puerto Vallarta
Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Puerto Vallarta

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.
Visiting Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Moffat Beach will get you outdoors. Relax by the water at Surfer's Paradise Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Change things up with a short trip to Pelican Feeding in Labrador (about 1h 30 min away). And it doesn't end there: enjoy some diversion at South Bank Parklands, admire the masterpieces at Gallery of Modern Art, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nepalese Pagoda, and see the interesting displays at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane travel route builder tool .

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to Brisbane is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Puerto Vallarta to Brisbane, you'll lose 16 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Puerto Vallarta in May: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 27°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Caloundra
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach

6
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Australian National Maritime Museum and Hyde Park Barracks Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Rocks and Darling Harbour. Spend the 26th (Sun) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Sydney Opera House, admire the masterpieces at White Rabbit Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Coogee Beach, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sydney road trip site .

Getting from Brisbane to Sydney by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 14°C. On the 27th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Sydney Harbour National Park
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Australian National Maritime Museum ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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