32 days in Brisbane Region & Melbourne Itinerary

32 days in Brisbane Region & Melbourne Itinerary

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32 days in Brisbane Region & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Birmingham
foot + Fly:  28​h
1
Brisbane
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Ipswich
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Caboolture
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Bribie Island
— 4 nights
Travel:  3​h 15​min
5
Moreton Island
— 1 night
Travel:  4​h
6
North Stradbroke Island
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h
7
Melbourne
— 7 nights
Fly + foot:  26​h
End: Birmingham

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.
Spend the 25th (Wed) with some fine spirits on a distillery tour. On the 26th (Thu), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. There's still lots to do: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery, admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, and take some stellar pictures from Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip builder app .

Birmingham, UK to Brisbane is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Birmingham to Brisbane due to the time zone difference. In December, Brisbane is warmer than Birmingham - with highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ipswich.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Museums Tours
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 26:
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

5
nights
Ipswich

Ipswich
Ipswich is an urban region in south-east Queensland, Australia, which is located in the south-west of the Brisbane metropolitan area. Change things up with these side-trips from Ipswich: Barb's Gift Shop (in Minden), Laidley Pioneer Village and Museum (in Laidley) and Mount French National Park (in Boonah). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at White Rock-Spring Mtn Conservation Estate, have fun and explore at Ipswich Art Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Queens Park, and buy something for everyone on your list at Orion Springfield Central.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Ipswich trip planner .

Drive from Brisbane to Ipswich in an hour. December in Ipswich sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Caboolture.

Things to do in Ipswich

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Mount French National Park, Laidley Pioneer Village and Museum, Barb's Gift Shop
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Mount French National Park
Mount French National Park
Queens Park
Queens Park
Hidden Vale Adventure Park ©
Hidden Vale Adventure Park

2
nights
Caboolture

Caboolture ©
Caboolture is a town and suburb in Moreton Bay Region, Queensland, Australia. On the 1st (Wed), examine the collection at Caboolture Warplane Museum, then brush up on your military savvy at TAVAS Aviation Museum, then appreciate the history behind A2submarine Replica, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Samsonvale. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology, then see the interesting displays at Pine Rivers Heritage Museum, then explore the activities along Lake Eden, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbey Church.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Caboolture trip planning website .

You can drive from Ipswich to Caboolture in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Ipswich in December, expect nights in Caboolture to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Bribie Island.

Things to do in Caboolture

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

A2submarine Replica, Pine Rivers Heritage Museum, Lake Samsonvale, Lake Eden
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
TAVAS Aviation Museum ©
TAVAS Aviation Museum
Lake Samsonvale ©
Lake Samsonvale
Abbey Church ©
Abbey Church

4
nights
Bribie Island

Bribie Island ©
Bribie Island is known for beaches, museums, outdoors, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Sylvan Beach, stroll through Bongaree Beach, tour in harmony with nature at Ferryman Cruises, and view the masterpieces at Bribie Island Community Arts Centre.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bribie Island travel route planner.

Drive from Caboolture to Bribie Island in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Moreton Island.

Things to do in Bribie Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
BBQ Boat Hire ©
BBQ Boat Hire
Bribie Island Seaside Museum ©
Bribie Island Seaside Museum
Bribie Island Community Arts Centre ©

1
night
Moreton Island

Moreton Island ©
Off Queensland's southeastern coast, Moreton Island offers steep dunes and beaches.
On the 7th (Tue), head off the coast to Moreton Island, then make a trip to Tangalooma Wrecks, and then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Moreton Lighthouse.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Moreton Island holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bribie Island to Moreton Island. In January, daily temperatures in Moreton Island can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to North Stradbroke Island.

Things to do in Moreton Island

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Moreton Island ©
Moreton Island
Cape Moreton Lighthouse ©
Cape Moreton Lighthouse
Tangalooma Wrecks ©
Tangalooma Wrecks

2
nights
North Stradbroke Island

North Stradbroke Island
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Amity Point Beach, then take some stellar pictures from North Gorge Walk, and then kick back and relax at Frenchman's Beach. On your second day here, explore the engaging exhibits at North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Brown Lake, then take in the waterfront at Amity Point Jetty, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Cylinder Beach.

To plan North Stradbroke Island vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Moreton Island to North Stradbroke Island. January in North Stradbroke Island sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in North Stradbroke Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
North Gorge Walk
North Gorge Walk
Frenchman's Beach ©
Frenchman's Beach

7
nights
Melbourne

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 The Great Ocean Road in Torquay, approximately 1h 40 min away. Dedicate the 15th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, browse the exhibits of Shrine of Remembrance, browse the collection at State Library of Victoria, and contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne tour itinerary maker app .

Explore your travel options from North Stradbroke Island to Melbourne with the Route module. Traveling from North Stradbroke Island in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 17°C in Melbourne. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road

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