18 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane Itinerary

18 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane Itinerary

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18 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane Itinerary

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

6
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 The Australian Natural Soapfor plenty of shopping. Kids will appreciate attractions like Melbourne Zoo and Eureka Skydeck 88. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Melbourne: Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee) and The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, get a taste of the local shopping with The White Room Interiors, and learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Melbourne day trip planning website .

Glasgow, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) is 10 hours. In April, Melbourne is somewhat warmer than Glasgow - with highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Shopping Parks

Side Trips

St. Kilda Beach, The Great Ocean Road, Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Balloon Rides
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

4
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 Manly Beach and The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk. For shopping fun, head to Sydney Fish Market or Queen Victoria Building (QVB). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and stroll through Clovelly.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Melbourne in April, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

4
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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.
Visit Surfer's Paradise Beach and Moffat Beach for some beach relaxation. Head to Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre and Psychic Readings Twin Featherzfor plenty of shopping. Go for a jaunt from Brisbane to Main Beach to see Sea World Theme Park about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, explore and take pictures at Suncorp Stadium, and explore the activities along The Brisbane River.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Sydney to Brisbane by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In April in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Moffat Beach
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

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