13 days in Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

13 days in Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

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13 days in Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  22​h
1
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Washington DC

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Queensland Museum & Sciencentre. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre and Museum of Brisbane. Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Coolangatta (Kirra Beach & Coolangatta Beach), Robina Town Shopping Centre (in Robina) and Sanctuary Markets (in Currumbin). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Dicky Beach, admire all the interesting features of Suncorp Stadium, and take in the waterfront at Eagle Street Pier.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane trip website .

Washington DC, USA to Brisbane is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of subway, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 15 hour difference. Traveling from Washington DC in September, expect Brisbane to be slightly colder, temps between 75°F and 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Dicky Beach, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Rocks and Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame. Do your shopping at Sydney Fish Market and The Rocks Markets. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Nan Tien Temple (in Wollongong) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, examine the collection at Hyde Park Barracks Museum, admire the masterpieces at Brett Whiteley Studio, and catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Sydney are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Shelly Beach, Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame, Nan Tien Temple
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

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