13 days in Australia Itinerary

13 days in Australia Itinerary

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13 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  23​h
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
2
Perth
— 6 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
3
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Chicago

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): kick back and relax at Shelly Beach.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney route builder .

Chicago, USA to Sydney is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Chicago to Sydney, you'll lose 16 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in December, things will get much hotter in Sydney: highs are around 81°F and lows about 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Shelly Beach ©
Shelly Beach

6
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Caversham Wildlife Park and Rockingham Beach. Kids will appreciate attractions like Perth Zoo and Halls Head Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to South Beach Recreation Reserve (in Fremantle), The Escape Hunt Experience Perth (in South Fremantle) and Mandurah (Waterskiing & Jetskiing, Dolphin Quay, & more). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, take some stellar pictures from Fraser Avenue Lookout, stop by London Court, and enjoy the sand and surf at City Beach.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Perth trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Perth takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Perth due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in December, Perth is little chillier at night with lows of 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mandurah, Fremantle, Perth Zoo, Rockingham Beach, Mullaloo Beach
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Perth Zoo ©
Perth Zoo
City Beach ©
City Beach

3
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kings Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Aussie World. There's more to do: take in the waterfront at Eagle Street Pier.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Brisbane visit planner.

Getting from Perth to Brisbane by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 2 hours. When traveling from Perth in January, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Brisbane: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Aussie World, Scuba & Snorkeling, Kings Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Aussie World ©
Aussie World

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