15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
1
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Brisbane

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.
Shop till you drop at Robert Henderson Gallery and Relove Oxley. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, look for gifts at Noosa Chocolate Factory, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, and walk around South Bank Parklands.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane road trip planner .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Brisbane. In December in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Relove Oxley ©
Relove Oxley
Noosa Chocolate Factory ©
Noosa Chocolate Factory

3
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Get in touch with nature at Surfers Paradise Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach. Head to Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and Anthea Polson Artfor some retail therapy. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at David Fleay Wildlife Park, buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Shopping Centre, get some fabulous bargains at Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre, and kick back and relax at Burleigh Head National Park.

To find more things to do and tourist information, use the Gold Coast trip planner .

Getting from Brisbane to Gold Coast by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
David Fleay Wildlife Park ©
David Fleay Wildlife Park

4
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.
Anderson's Tours - Blue Mountains Day Tour has been added to your itinerary. Shop till you drop at Sydney Fish Market and Queen Victoria Building. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Rocks and Darling Harbour. And it doesn't end there: see a show at Sydney Opera House, explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and stroll through Bondi Beach.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney tour planner.

You can fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

5
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and St Kilda beach. Get some cultural insight at Melbourne Central and Shrine of Remembrance. And it doesn't end there: take in the exciting artwork at Federation Square, look for gifts at Ambiance Gifts, wander the streets of Degraves Street, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Sydney in December since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

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Balloon Rides
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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