Route & dates
27 days in Brisbane & Melbourne Itinerary
Brisbane— 12 nights
Fly: 4h 15min
Melbourne— 10 nights
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.Do some cultural sightseeing at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Gallery of Modern Art. For shopping fun, head to Pacific Fair Shopping Centre or MaisyMoo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Boomerang Art - Aboriginal Art Gallery (in Southport), Surfers Paradise (Surfer's Paradise Beach & SkyPoint Observation Deck) and Robina Town Shopping Centre (in Robina). On the 29th (Tue), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bulcock Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, and let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands.
To see photos and more tourist information, read Brisbane trip itinerary builder app .
Zurich, Switzerland to Brisbane is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Zurich to Brisbane, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Zurich in January, things will get warmer in Brisbane: highs are around 34°C and lows about 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.
Things to do in Brisbane
Gold Coast, Caloundra, Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith, Art on Cairncross, Sunshine Coast Brewery
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 30:
Australia's Garden City
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.Get some historical perspective at Shrine of Remembrance and Hillsong Church. Visit St. Kilda Beach and Cape Woolamai Beach for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: Koala Conservation Centre (in Cowes) and Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee). Dedicate the 6th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Melbourne Central, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, and hunt for treasures at Degraves Street.
For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne road trip website .
You can fly from Brisbane to Melbourne in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Brisbane in January since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel back home.
Things to do in Melbourne
Cape Woolamai Beach, Werribee Open Range Zoo, Koala Conservation Centre, St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 10:
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