12 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Darwin Itinerary

12 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Darwin Itinerary

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12 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Darwin Itinerary

Start: Raleigh
Fly:  28​h
1
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
3
Darwin
— 4 nights
Fly:  34​h
End: Raleigh

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then take a stroll through The Rocks. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, and finally admire the masterpieces at Australian Centre for Photography.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planner .

Raleigh, USA to Sydney is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Raleigh to Sydney is 15 hours. Traveling from Raleigh in July, things will get cooler in Sydney: highs are around 65°F and lows about 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi 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 5th (Fri): examine the collection at The Workshops Rail Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nepalese Pagoda. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): wander the streets of Queen Street Mall, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Catholic Old St. Stephen's Church (chapel), then contemplate the long history of Boggo Road Gaol, and finally make a trip to Cathedral Square.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Brisbane trip planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Brisbane

Neighborhoods Shopping Wildlife

Side Trip

The Workshops Rail Museum
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Queen Street Mall ©
Queen Street Mall
The Workshops Rail Museum ©
The Workshops Rail Museum

4
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Mindil Beach. St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral and Christ Church Cathedral Darwin will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Darwin side-trips: Litchfield National Park (Florence Falls & Buley Rockhole) and Litchfield National Park (in Batchelor). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility, witness a stunning natural landmark at Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park, see the interesting displays at Defence of Darwin Experience, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Darwin planner .

You can fly from Brisbane to Darwin in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Brisbane in July, expect Darwin to be a bit warmer, temps between 88°F and 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Litchfield National Park, Litchfield National Park, Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility ©
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility
Buley Rockhole ©
Buley Rockhole

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