25 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Melbourne Itinerary

25 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Melbourne Itinerary

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25 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Durban
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Sydney
— 8 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Brisbane
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Melbourne
— 8 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Durban

8
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Katoomba (Wentworth Falls, Echo Point Lookout, & more). Spend the 18th (Tue) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Sydney travel planner.

Durban, South Africa to Sydney is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Durban to Sydney. Traveling from Durban in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 21°C in Sydney. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Katoomba, Sydney Harbour National Park
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Brisbane: Surfer's Paradise Beach (in Surfers Paradise), Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach) and Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford). Next up on the itinerary: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, get great views at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane road trip site .

You can fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Brisbane are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Caloundra
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

8
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Step out of Melbourne with an excursion to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay--about 1h 40 min away. Dedicate the 30th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne sightseeing website .

Getting from Brisbane to Melbourne by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in December, expect little chillier with lows of 14°C in Melbourne. You'll set off for home on the 2nd (Wed).

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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