23 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane Region Itinerary

23 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane Region Itinerary

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23 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane Region Itinerary

Start: Ho Chi Minh City
Fly:  9​h
1
Melbourne
— 10 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Brisbane
— 6 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Ho Chi Minh City

10
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
When in Melbourne, make a side trip to see Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee, approximately 42 minutes away. Dedicate the 25th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, make a trip to Shrine of Remembrance, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne tour planner .

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Melbourne is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Melbourne is 3 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in May; daily highs in Melbourne reach 20°C and lows reach 9°C. On the 26th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Parks Museums

Side Trip

Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Balloon Rides
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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.
Spend the 31st (Fri) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Sydney road trip planner.

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in May: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 24°C and lows are around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Sydney Harbour National Park
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

6
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford), Dreamworld (in Coomera) and Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach). And it doesn't end there: stroll around South Bank Parklands, enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach, don't miss a visit to City Hall, and get outside with Pelican Feeding.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane online attractions planner .

Fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In May in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Gold Coast
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World

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