19 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane Itinerary

19 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane Itinerary

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19 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane Itinerary

Start: Tallinn
+3
ferry + foot + train + Fly:  25​h
1
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Brisbane
— 5 nights
+4
bus + Fly + train + foot + ferry:  29​h
End: Tallinn

6
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 National Gallery of Victoria. Let the collections at Melbourne Museum and Art Gallery of Ballarat capture your imagination. Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to Healesville Sanctuary (in Healesville), Ballarat Wildlife Park (in Ballarat) and 13th Beach (in Barwon Heads). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Bells Beach, wander the streets of Degraves Street, steep yourself in history at St Patrick's Cathedral, and admire the natural beauty at Melbourne Zoo.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip site .

Tallinn, Estonia to Melbourne is an approximately 25-hour combination of ferry and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Tallinn to Melbourne is 8 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Tallinn in December, with highs in Melbourne at 30°C and lows at 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Ballarat, Bells Beach, Healesville Sanctuary, 13th Beach
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 27:
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Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park
Bells Beach ©
Bells Beach
Healesville Sanctuary ©
Healesville Sanctuary

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.
Australian National Maritime Museum and Sydney Tower Eye will appeal to museum buffs. Relax by the water at Coogee Beach and Terrigal Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: The Nook (in Leura), Shelly Beach (in Manly) and Katoomba (Blue Mountains & Wentworth Falls). Next up on the itinerary: see the grandeur of opera at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney day trip planner .

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Melbourne in December, with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, The Nook, Shelly Beach, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Terrigal Beach
Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 1:
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

5
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 Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre and Kirra Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Burleigh Head National Park and Coolangatta Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Caloundra (MaisyMoo, Moffat Beach, & more), Kurrawa Beach (in Broadbeach) and Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, examine the collection at Museum of Brisbane, take in the waterfront at Eagle Street Pier, and pick up some local products at Sanctuary Markets.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane trip planner .

Getting from Sydney to Brisbane by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Caloundra, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 6:
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Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park