15 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane Itinerary

15 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane Itinerary

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15 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Brisbane
— 5 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Speed Boats Tours. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, kick back and relax at Clovelly, and hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Sydney sightseeing planner .

San Francisco, USA to Sydney is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Sydney is 18 hours. In October in Sydney, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Dolphin & Whale Watching

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ballarat Wildlife Park and Art Gallery of Ballarat. Popular historic sites such as Shrine of Remembrance and St. Patrick's Cathedral are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Point Lonsdale Lighthouse (in Point Lonsdale), Pulpit Rock (in Cape Schanck) and Eastern Beach Reserve (in Geelong). Dedicate the 12th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Bells Beach, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, and steep yourself in history at St Paul's Cathedral.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in October, things will get slightly colder in Melbourne: highs are around 69°F and lows about 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Tours Museums

Side Trips

Ballarat, Eastern Beach Reserve, Point Lonsdale Lighthouse, Pulpit Rock, Bells Beach
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St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve and Scuba & Snorkeling. Get in touch with nature at Kings Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to Maleny Dairies (in Maleny) and Kirra Beach (in Coolangatta). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, try out the rides at Wheel of Brisbane, explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery, and enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Brisbane takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in October, expect Brisbane to be somewhat warmer, temps between 77°F and 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Caloundra, Gold Coast, Maleny, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve ©
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Scuba & Snorkeling

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