9 days in Australia Itinerary

9 days in Australia Itinerary

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9 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Auckland Central
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Brisbane
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h
2
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  6​h
3
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Auckland Central

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): admire all the interesting features of Suncorp Stadium and then take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland and then let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Brisbane online tour itinerary planner .

Auckland Central, New Zealand to Brisbane is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Auckland Central in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Brisbane: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout
Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland

2
nights
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Airlie Beach trip planning app .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Brisbane to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. In January in Airlie Beach, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

1
night
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, then see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Fitzroy Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sat): make a trip to Flinders Street Station, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne visit planner.

Getting from Airlie Beach to Melbourne by combination of bus and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Airlie Beach in January since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Outdoors
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

3
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planning site .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sydney, with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods
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Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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