18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  26​h
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  5​h 15​min
3
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Boston

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Shrine of Remembrance and Melbourne Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Melbourne Zoo and St. Kilda Beach. When in Melbourne, make a side trip to see The Great Ocean Road in Torquay, approximately 1h 40 min away. Spend the 11th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, look for all kinds of wild species at St Kilda Pier, and immerse yourself in nature at Warrandyte State Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne trip itinerary maker app .

Boston, USA to Melbourne is an approximately 26-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) is 15 hours. In February, Melbourne is much warmer than Boston - with highs of 80°F and lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

St. Kilda Beach, The Great Ocean Road
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St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Manly Beach and Clovelly. Get some cultural insight at The Rocks and Sydney Opera House. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Featherdale Wildlife Park (in Blacktown), Canyoning & Rappelling Tours (in Katoomba) and Pulpit Rock Lookout (in Blue Mountains National Park). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Melbourne in February, with lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Featherdale Wildlife Park, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, Pulpit Rock Lookout
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Keep things going the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Hastings Street, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Noosa Main Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, and finally kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Noosa road trip tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Noosa takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, Sunshine Castle
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Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): examine the collection at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, then admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Queen Street Mall. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Newstead House, then identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then steep yourself in history at Wolston Farmhouse, and finally take a stroll through West End.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane online holiday maker .

You can drive from Noosa to Brisbane in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In February in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Neighborhoods Museums Parks

Side Trips

Psychic Readings | Twin Featherz, Wolston Farmhouse, King Island
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre

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