19 days in Australia Itinerary

19 days in Australia Itinerary

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19 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 12 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Sydney


12
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 explore and learn at Australian National Maritime Museum and Justice & Police Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at The Rocks and Art Gallery of New South Wales. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge), Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum (in Valley Heights) and Kurrajong Radio Museum (in Kurrajong). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, get a new perspective on nature at Australian Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney sightseeing planner .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. In November in Sydney, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Vaucluse House, Falls Gallery, Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Kurrajong Radio Museum
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Australian National Maritime Museum ©
Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour

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.
On the 3rd (Tue), see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, then make a trip to Shrine of Remembrance, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Melbourne trip maker site .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Melbourne, with lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

2
nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
On the 5th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park, then get engrossed in the history at Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre, then contemplate the long history of Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, and finally get great views at Anzac Hill. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Road Transport Hall of Fame, then view the masterpieces at Talapi, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Alice Springs online travel route planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Alice Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, Alice Springs is somewhat warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 95°F and lows of 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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2
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 7th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Boggo Road Gaol, admire the masterpieces at GOMA, then admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catholic Old St. Stephen's Church (chapel). On your second day here, let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane day trip site .

You can fly from Alice Springs to Brisbane in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Alice Springs in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Brisbane, with highs around 82°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Historic Sites
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Gallery of Modern Art ©
Gallery of Modern Art

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