23 days in Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

23 days in Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

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23 days in Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Dusseldorf
Fly:  26​h
1
Brisbane
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Sydney
— 13 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Dusseldorf

7
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 get in some beach time at Surfer's Paradise Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach. Get some historical perspective at Caloundra Lighthouses and Victoria Bridge Abutment. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brisbane: Kings Beach (in Caloundra), Mooloolaba (Mooloolaba Beach & Point Cartwright) and Marina Mirage (in Main Beach). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, get great views at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland, and stroll through Moffat Beach.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Brisbane trip planner.

Dusseldorf, Germany to Brisbane is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from Dusseldorf in December, expect Brisbane to be warmer, temps between 32°C and 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Buderim Forest Park
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

13
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.
Visit The Rocks and Museum of Sydney for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Darling Harbour and Justice & Police Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Shelly Beach in Manly (about 36 minutes away). Spend the 1st (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: stroll through Bondi Beach, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip itinerary builder website .

You can fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. You will leave for home on the 2nd (Wed).

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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