15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Birmingham
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Brisbane
— 4 nights
4
Townsville
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  29​h
End: Birmingham

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Rocks and Australian National Maritime Museum. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. There's lots more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip builder .

Birmingham, USA to Sydney is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) is 16 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Birmingham in May: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 70°F and lows are around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Eastern Beach Reserve and St Paul's Cathedral. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Melbourne Museum and Shrine of Remembrance. When in Melbourne, make a side trip to see Healesville Sanctuary in Healesville, approximately 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne online sightseeing planner .

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 slightly colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in May, with highs in Melbourne at 63°F and lows at 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

Eastern Beach Reserve, Healesville Sanctuary
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Healesville Sanctuary ©
Healesville Sanctuary

4
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Coolangatta Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Burleigh Heads Beach and Kings Beach. Step out of Brisbane to go to Tweed Heads and see Flagstaff/ Duranbah Beach, which is approximately 1h 45 min away. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, get a sense of history and politics at City Hall, and snap pictures at Story Bridge.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane travel planner .

Fly from Melbourne to Brisbane in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In May, Brisbane is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 74°F and lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Kings Beach, Flagstaff/ Duranbah Beach
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

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nights
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Billabong Sanctuary, then step off the mainland to explore Museum of Tropical Queensland, and then steep yourself in history at Kissing Point Fort. Keep things going the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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You can fly from Brisbane to Townsville in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Brisbane in May: high temperatures in Townsville hover around 82°F and lows are around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Townsville

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
Scuba & Snorkeling
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

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