17 days in Melbourne, Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

17 days in Melbourne, Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

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17 days in Melbourne, Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Sydney
— 3 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.
Bring the kids along to Melbourne Museum and Melbourne Zoo. Shrine of Remembrance and Old Melbourne Gaol will appeal to history buffs. Spend the 17th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, examine the collection at National Sports Museum, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip 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 changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. While traveling from Johannesburg, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 16°C to lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Outdoors
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

7
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chenrezig Institute and Caloundra Lighthouses. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Surfers Paradise Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brisbane: Pelican Feeding (in Labrador), Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage (in Buderim) and Sunshine Castle (in Bli Bli). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery, make a trip to Cathedral Square, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catholic Old St. Stephen's Church (chapel).

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Brisbane in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in June, with highs in Brisbane at 24°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Caloundra, Sunshine Castle, Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

3
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Rocks and Darling Harbour. The adventure continues: see a show at Sydney Opera House, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, read Sydney trip builder .

You can fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Brisbane in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Sydney: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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