Route & dates
23 days in Perth, Sydney & Brisbane Itinerary
Perth— 8 nights
Fly: 7h 15min
Sydney— 7 nights
Fly: 3h 30min
Brisbane— 5 nights
City of Light
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.Get in touch with nature at Scarborough Beach and Penguin Island. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mandurah Cruises and Lane Pool Reserve. Venture out of the city with trips to Fremantle (Norm wrightson hairway, The Shipwreck Galleries, & more), Warnbro Beach (in Warnbro) and Rockingham Beach (in Rockingham). Pack the 15th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Adventure World. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Cottesloe Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at St Patrick's Basilica, pause for some photo ops at The Bell Tower, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Quinns Rocks Beach.
For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Perth travel route planner.
London, UK to Perth is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Perth is 8 hours. When traveling from London in December, plan for warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Perth: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 17°C at night. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Sydney.
Things to do in Perth
Fremantle, Rockingham, Perth Zoo, Scarborough Beach, Caversham Wildlife Park
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The Harbour City
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.Get some cultural insight at Nan Tien Temple and St. Mary's Cathedral. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Shelly Beach and Balmoral Beach, Mosman. Venture out of the city with trips to Terrigal Beach (in Terrigal), Katoomba (Wentworth Falls & Blue Mountains) and Kiama Blowhole (in Kiama). Dedicate the 26th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk, hike along Manly Scenic Walkway, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art.
To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sydney holiday maker .
You can fly from Perth to Sydney in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Perth in December, you will find days in Sydney are slightly colder (32°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (21°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Brisbane.
Things to do in Sydney
Katoomba, Avalon Beach, Shelly Beach, Congwong Beach, Nan Tien Temple
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Australia's New World City
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 a sense of the local culture at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise and GOMA. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kings Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Pelican Feeding (in Labrador) and Kurrawa Beach (in Broadbeach). Spend the 30th (Sun) exploring nature at Conondale National Park. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moffat Beach, see the interesting displays at Museum of Brisbane, and explore and take pictures at Suncorp Stadium.
For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip planner .
Traveling by flight from Sydney to Brisbane takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.
Things to do in Brisbane
Gold Coast, Caloundra, Conondale National Park
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