23 days in Brisbane & Melbourne Itinerary

23 days in Brisbane & Melbourne Itinerary

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23 days in Brisbane & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  25​h
1
Brisbane
— 8 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Melbourne
— 10 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: London

8
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Burleigh Head National Park and Kings Beach. Visit Coolangatta Beach and Maroochydore Beach for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Brisbane: Kirra Beach (in Coolangatta), Tropical Fruit World (in Duranbah) and Robina Town Shopping Centre (in Robina). Spend the 6th (Thu) with some fine spirits on a distillery tour. There's much more to do: trek along Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Kurrawa Beach, get a sense of history and politics at City Hall, and take in the views from Story Bridge.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane trip itinerary planning tool .

London, UK to Brisbane is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Brisbane due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from London in December: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 32°C and lows are around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Caloundra, Coolangatta, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Robina Town Shopping Centre, Montville Art Gallery
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Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

10
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Eastern Beach Reserve and Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park. We've included these beaches for you: Bells Beach and Brighton Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Melbourne side-trips: Frankston Beach (in Frankston), Mock Red Hill (in Red Hill) and Ballarat (Ballarat Wildlife Park & Art Gallery of Ballarat). Spend the 19th (Wed) exploring nature at Point Nepean National Park. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Maru Koala and Animal Park, have fun and explore at Australian Centre for the Moving Image, admire all the interesting features of Rod Laver Arena, and take a stroll through Degraves Street.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Melbourne trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Melbourne takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Melbourne, with lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Ballarat, Frankston Beach, Swim with Dolphins, Hanging Rock Reserve, Pulpit Rock
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 20:
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park

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