17 days in Brisbane Region, Fraser Island & Melbourne Itinerary

17 days in Brisbane Region, Fraser Island & Melbourne Itinerary

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17 days in Brisbane Region, Fraser Island & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  25​h
1
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Macleay Island
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
North Stradbroke Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h
4
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Bribie Island
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 15​min
6
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: London

3
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 discover tucked-away gems like Museum of Brisbane and Queensland Museum & Sciencentre. Get some cultural insight at Queensland Art Gallery and Victoria Bridge Abutment. Step out of Brisbane to go to Wacol and see Wolston Farmhouse, which is approximately 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take in the waterfront at Eagle Street Pier, browse for treasures at Relove Oxley, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catholic Old St. Stephen's Church (chapel).

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane day trip planning site .

London, UK to Brisbane is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Traveling from London in March, things will get much hotter in Brisbane: highs are around 32°C and lows about 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Macleay Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Wolston Farmhouse
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

1
night
Macleay Island

Macleay Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): view the masterpieces at Macleay Island Art Complex, then view the masterpieces at Kara-Mia's Mosaics, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Dalpura Beach.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Macleay Island trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Brisbane to Macleay Island by car takes about 2.5 hours. March in Macleay Island sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to North Stradbroke Island.

Things to do in Macleay Island

Museums Shopping Outdoors
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Kara-Mia's Mosaics ©
Kara-Mia's Mosaics

2
nights
North Stradbroke Island

North Stradbroke Island ©
On the 11th (Mon), kick back and relax at Frenchman's Beach, take a leisurely stroll along North Gorge Walk, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Amity Point Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: have fun and explore at North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Brown Lake, then stroll through Cylinder Beach, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Amity Point Jetty.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read North Stradbroke Island driving holiday planner .

Getting from Macleay Island to North Stradbroke Island by car takes about 4.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in North Stradbroke Island can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bribie Island.

Things to do in North Stradbroke Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Frenchman's Beach ©
Frenchman's Beach
North Gorge Walk
North Gorge Walk

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): explore the activities along Lake Birrabeen and then delve into the lush surroundings at Central Station Rainforest. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Thu): explore the activities along Wanggoolba Creek and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island vacation builder site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from North Stradbroke Island to Fraser Island. In March, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bribie Island.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Nature Parks
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Lake Birrabeen ©
Lake Birrabeen
Central Station Rainforest ©
Central Station Rainforest
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie

2
nights
Bribie Island

Bribie Island ©
On the 15th (Fri), choose your vessel at Ferryman Cruises, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bongaree Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Eric the Emu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sat): examine the collection at Bribie Island Seaside Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Red Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Woorim Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Bribie Island trip itinerary site .

Explore your travel options from Fraser Island to Bribie Island with the Route module. In March in Bribie Island, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Bribie Island

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Ferryman Cruises ©
Ferryman Cruises
Bribie Island Seaside Museum ©
Bribie Island Seaside Museum

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get some historical perspective at Shrine of Remembrance and St Paul's Cathedral. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park and Eastern Beach Reserve. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne travel route builder website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bribie Island to Melbourne. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Bribie Island in March since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Tours Museums

Side Trips

Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, Eastern Beach Reserve
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St Paul's Cathedral ©
St Paul's Cathedral
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

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