21 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane Itinerary

21 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane Itinerary

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21 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  26​h
1
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Brisbane
— 7 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Manchester

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Shrine of Remembrance and Parliament House of Victoria will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Split Point Lighthouse and Art Gallery of Ballarat. Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: Eastern Beach Reserve (in Geelong), Lara Heritage and Historical Museum (in Lara) and Ballarat Wildlife Park (in Ballarat). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, visit a coastal fixture at Point Lonsdale Lighthouse, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne road trip site .

Manchester, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) is 10 hours. When traveling from Manchester in December, plan for warmer days in Melbourne, with highs around 30°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ballarat, St. Kilda Beach, Eastern Beach Reserve, Lara Heritage and Historical Museum, Split Point Lighthouse
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 27:
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park

6
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.
Relax by the water at Manly Beach and Balmoral Beach, Mosman. Get some historical perspective at The Rocks and Nan Tien Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba), Shelly Beach (in Manly) and Palm Beach (in Palm Beach). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and stroll through Clovelly Beach.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Sydney online trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Melbourne in December since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Nan Tien Temple, Shelly Beach, Wentworth Falls, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Palm Beach
Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 2:
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

7
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 inner history buff will appreciate Boggo Road Gaol (Jail) and Sunshine Castle. Queensland Museum & Sciencentre and Abbey Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to Kirra Beach (in Coolangatta), Caloundra Lighthouses (in Kings Beach) and Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve (in Maleny). Spend the 6th (Mon) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take a peaceful walk through Buderim Forest Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel), and enjoy the sand and surf at Maroochydore Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane online travel route builder .

You can fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. January in Brisbane sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Caloundra, Gold Coast, Abbey Church, Maroochydore Beach, Buderim Forest Park
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 9:
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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

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