12 days in Darwin, Sydney & Brisbane Itinerary

12 days in Darwin, Sydney & Brisbane Itinerary

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12 days in Darwin, Sydney & Brisbane Itinerary

Start: Raleigh
Fly:  34​h
1
Darwin
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Raleigh

3
nights
Darwin

Darwin ©
The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility and Darwin Aviation Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Territory Wildlife Park and Food Tours. Spend the 4th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, explore the striking landscape at Berry Springs Nature Park, identify plant and animal life at East Point Reserve, and look for gifts at The Book Shop Darwin.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Darwin trip planner .

Raleigh, USA to Darwin is an approximately 34-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Raleigh to Darwin is 14 hours. July in Darwin sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 67°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Territory Wildlife Park
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Territory Wildlife Park ©
Territory Wildlife Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility ©
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Bondi Beach and Kiama Blowhole. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Rocks and Australian National Maritime Museum. Spend the 10th (Wed) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, and don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Sydney road trip planner .

Fly from Darwin to Sydney in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Darwin in July, expect Sydney to be much colder, temps between 65°F and 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Sydney Harbour National Park, Kiama Blowhole
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Kiama Blowhole ©
Kiama Blowhole
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

2
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.
On the 11th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Museum of Brisbane, then look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then explore and take pictures at Suncorp Stadium, and finally don't miss a visit to Cathedral Square.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Brisbane road trip planning app .

You can fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. July in Brisbane sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 49°F at night. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Museum of Brisbane ©
Museum of Brisbane

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