43 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Melbourne Itinerary

43 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Melbourne Itinerary

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43 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Belfast
bus + Fly:  27​h
1
Sydney
— 14 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Brisbane
— 12 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Melbourne
— 13 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Belfast

14
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.
Visit The Rocks and Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Darling Harbour and Australian National Maritime Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Lennox Bridge (in Blaxland), Coachwood Glen Nature Trail (in Megalong Valley) and Blue Mountains National Park (Pulpit Rock Lookout & The National Pass). Spend the 10th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, steep yourself in history at Justice & Police Museum, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney route website .

Belfast, UK to Sydney is an approximately 27-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Belfast to Sydney, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Belfast in May: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 24°C and lows are around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Blue Mountains National Park, Taronga Zoo, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, Lennox Bridge, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Find places to stay May 3 — 17:
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

12
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Kondalilla National Park (in Montville), David Fleay Wildlife Park (in West Burleigh) and Maleny (Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve & Gardners Falls). Pack the 24th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Sea World Theme Park. Spend the 25th (Sat) exploring nature at Glass House Mountains National Park. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, delve into the lush surroundings at Buderim Forest Park, and let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane road trip planning website .

Getting from Sydney to Brisbane by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Mooloolaba, Maleny, Buderim, Tanawha Valley Golf & Tennis
Find places to stay May 17 — 29:
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Scuba & Snorkeling
David Fleay Wildlife Park ©
David Fleay Wildlife Park

13
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Shrine of Remembrance and Sovereign Hill. Get some historical perspective at Old Melbourne Gaol and Hillsong Church. Take a break from Melbourne with a short trip to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee, about 42 minutes away. Spend the 6th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Dedicate the 7th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, get engrossed in the history at Immigration Museum, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne trip site .

Fly from Brisbane to Melbourne in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in May; daily highs in Melbourne reach 20°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Parks

Side Trips

Sovereign Hill, Werribee Open Range Zoo
Find places to stay May 29 — Jun 11:
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Food Tours
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Sovereign Hill ©
Sovereign Hill

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