12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Abu Dhabi
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Brisbane
— 1 night
2
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 3 nights
4
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Abu Dhabi

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.
On the 4th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and then find something for the whole family at Wheel of Brisbane. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland and then have some family-friendly fun at South Bank Parklands.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Brisbane online trip builder .

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Brisbane is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in March, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
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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

2
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): find something for the whole family at Sea World Theme Park and then head outdoors with Pelican Feeding. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, then kick back and relax at Surfer's Paradise Beach, and then find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Gold Coast online visit planner .

Getting from Brisbane to Gold Coast by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

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.
Kids will enjoy Bondi Beach and Sea Life Sydney Aquarium. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, see the interesting displays at Hyde Park Barracks Museum, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Sydney online itinerary maker .

Getting from Gold Coast to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

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

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Family-friendly places like Melbourne Zoo and Old Melbourne Gaol will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, admire the striking features of Royal Exhibition Building, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Melbourne trip builder tool .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in March, plan for a bit cooler nights in Melbourne, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

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

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