7 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Darwin Itinerary

7 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Darwin Itinerary

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7 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Darwin Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
3
Darwin
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Sydney

2
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.
Attractions like Bondi Beach and Manly Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, make a trip to Sydney Harbour Bridge, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney itinerary planner.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Sydney. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, then let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, and then take in the views from Victoria Bridge Abutment. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then admire the natural beauty at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and then take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Brisbane trip app .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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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

1
night
Darwin

Darwin ©
The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Crocosaurus Cove, kick back and relax at Mindil Beach, then examine the collection at Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, and finally identify plant and animal life at East Point Reserve. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a splash at Darwin Waterfront.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Darwin day trip planning tool .

You can fly from Brisbane to Darwin in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Brisbane in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Darwin: highs are around 38°C and lows about 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Darwin

Theme Parks Parks Wildlife
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Darwin Waterfront ©
Darwin Waterfront
Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach

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