48 days in Brisbane, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

48 days in Brisbane, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

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48 days in Brisbane, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Nottingham
train + Fly:  31​h
1
Brisbane
— 13 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Sydney
— 14 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 17 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  27​h
End: Nottingham

13
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Burleigh Head National Park and Kirra Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Bunjurgen Estate Vineyard. Change things up with these side-trips from Brisbane: Tweed Regional Museum - Murwillumbah (in Murwillumbah), Coolangatta (Coolangatta Beach, Greenmount Beach, & more) and Caloundra (Kings Beach & Bulcock Beach). Spend the 5th (Tue) with some fine spirits on a distillery tour. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Maroochydore Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Kondalilla Falls, see the interesting displays at Museum of Brisbane, and kick back and relax at Kurrawa Beach.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane itinerary builder site .

Nottingham, UK to Brisbane is an approximately 31-hour flight. Traveling from Nottingham to Brisbane, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Nottingham in February, with highs in Brisbane at 33°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Coolangatta, Caloundra, Gold Coast, Murwillumbah, Chenrezig Institute
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Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Kiama Blowhole and Wentworth Falls. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Palm Beach and Shelly Beach. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Katoomba (Blue Mountains, Echo Point Lookout, & more), Southern Highland Wines (in Sutton Forest) and Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame (in Bowral). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nan Tien Temple, stroll through Bilgola Beach, kick back and relax at Redhead Beach, and contemplate the long history of St. Mary's Cathedral.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sydney trip maker .

Getting from Brisbane to Sydney by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, Wollongong, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Everglades Historic House and Gardens, Shelly Beach
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Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains
Kiama Blowhole ©
Kiama Blowhole

17
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Art Gallery of Ballarat and Rod Hadfields Hot Rod Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Eastern Beach Reserve and Bells Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: Rye Ocean Beach (in Rye), 13th Beach (in Barwon Heads) and Daylesford (Spas & Wellness, Convent Gallery, & more). Spend the 8th (Mon) exploring nature at Point Nepean National Park. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Gunnamatta Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Somers Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Y Water Discovery Centre, and admire the verdant scenery at Healesville Sanctuary.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne trip site .

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Sydney in March since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Daylesford, Sorrento, Portsea, Marysville, Yea
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Spas & Wellness
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Art Gallery of Ballarat ©
Art Gallery of Ballarat

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