12 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane Itinerary

12 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane Itinerary

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12 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane Itinerary

Start: Boracay
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Brisbane
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  18​h 30​min
End: Boracay

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.
For shopping fun, head to Melbourne Central or Haigh's Chocolates Collins Street. Do some cultural sightseeing at Melbourne Museum and Royal Exhibition Building. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, choose your vessel at Melbourne Boat Hire, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, and stop by Readings Book Shop.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip planner .

Boracay, Philippines to Melbourne is an approximately 14-hour combination of ferry and flight. You can also do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Philippines Time (PHT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. When traveling from Boracay in April, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Melbourne: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping Museums Parks
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Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

5
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.
Visiting Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Bondi Beach will get you outdoors. For shopping fun, head to Sydney Fish Market or Bacchus Food and Wine. Step out of Sydney with an excursion to Shelly Beach in Manly--about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of The Rocks, enjoy the sand and surf at Coogee Beach, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary maker tool .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

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Shelly Beach
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

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 14th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane vacation maker site .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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