16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Attractions like Melbourne Museum and Sovereign Hill make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of the city life by going to Royal Botanic Gardens and The Great Ocean Road. There's lots more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and get a sense of history and politics at Parliament House of Victoria.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne tour itinerary planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Melbourne is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) is 8 hours. Traveling from Johannesburg in June, you will find days in Melbourne are a bit cooler (16°C), and nights are about the same (6°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Sovereign Hill, The Great Ocean Road
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Sovereign Hill ©
Sovereign Hill

1
night
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, and then identify plant and animal life at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Canberra trip planning tool .

Fly from Melbourne to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Melbourne in June since evenings lows in Canberra dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Wildlife Parks
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve ©
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Sea World Theme Park and Pelican Feeding. Relax by the water at Surfers Paradise Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nepalese Pagoda, take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip itinerary app .

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Brisbane takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Canberra in June; daily highs in Brisbane reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Gold Coast
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

5
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Kids will enjoy Sea Life Sydney Aquarium and Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck. The adventure continues: stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Sydney vacation planner .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Brisbane in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Sydney: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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