7 days in Australia Itinerary

7 days in Australia Itinerary

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7 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Port Macquarie
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Sydney


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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): kick back and relax at Clovelly, stroll through Bondi Beach, then catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, and finally wander the streets of The Rocks. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Manly Beach and then take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney travel route planning tool .

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery, then don't miss a visit to Mugga-Mugga Cottage, then get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Australia, and finally make a trip to Canberra Rotary Peace Bell.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Canberra trip planner .

Getting from Sydney to Canberra by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Canberra, with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mugga-Mugga Cottage
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National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery
National Museum of Australia ©
National Museum of Australia
Mugga-Mugga Cottage ©
Mugga-Mugga Cottage

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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 24th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, then meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St Paul's Cathedral. On your second day here, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach, then make a trip to Shrine of Remembrance, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne tour builder app .

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

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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 26th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Museum of Brisbane and then let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Brisbane online vacation planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Brisbane in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, Brisbane is a bit warmer at night with lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Museums
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Museum of Brisbane ©
Museum of Brisbane

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Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital, then enjoy the sea views from Tacking Point Lighthouse, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Innes Ruins.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Port Macquarie road trip planning website .

Getting from Brisbane to Port Macquarie by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in December, you will find days in Port Macquarie are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Tacking Point Lighthouse ©
Tacking Point Lighthouse
Innes Ruins ©
Innes Ruins

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