16 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane Itinerary

16 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane Itinerary

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16 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane Itinerary

Start: Dusseldorf
Fly:  24​h
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Dusseldorf

3
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Head to Melbourne Central and Collins St/Swanston Stfor some retail therapy. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Melbourne Museum and Shrine of Remembrance. Next up on the itinerary: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip maker .

Dusseldorf, Germany to Melbourne is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Dusseldorf to Melbourne. When traveling from Dusseldorf in December, plan for much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Melbourne: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping Museums Tours
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Balloon Rides
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

6
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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Rocks and Brett Whiteley Studio. Head to Sydney Fish Market and ATTY Galleryfor some retail therapy. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Bondi Beach, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, don't miss a visit to Queen Victoria Building (QVB), and take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sydney online day trip planner .

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sydney, with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

3
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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.
Attractions like Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Warner Bros. Movie World make great kid-friendly stops. Visit Dicky Beach and Moffat Beach for some beach relaxation. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy some diversion at South Bank Parklands, have some family-friendly fun at Psychic Readings Twin Featherz, and explore the activities along The Brisbane River.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane trip builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Caloundra, Warner Bros. Movie World
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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