15 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane Itinerary

15 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane Itinerary

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1
Sydney
— 2 nights
2
Melbourne
— 5 nights
3
Brisbane
— 6 nights

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Terrigal Beach and Shelly Beach. Take a break from Sydney with a short trip to Henry Kendall Cottage & Historical Museum in Gosford, about 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, see a show at Sydney Opera House, stroll through Bondi to Coogee Walk, and kick back and relax at Clovelly Beach.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sydney online tour planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Sydney is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in October, you will find days in Sydney are little chillier (°C), and nights are a bit warmer (°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Bondi to Coogee Walk, Terrigal Beach, Shelly Beach, Henry Kendall Cottage & Historical Museum
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Terrigal Beach ©
Terrigal Beach
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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.
Relax by the water at Eastern Beach Reserve and Bells Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Healesville Sanctuary and Australian Centre for the Moving Image. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Melbourne: Art Gallery of Ballarat (in Ballarat) and The Mill Markets (in Daylesford). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Australian Sports Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Sydney in October; daily highs in Melbourne reach °C and lows reach °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Art Gallery of Ballarat, The Mill Markets, Bells Beach, Eastern Beach Reserve, Healesville Sanctuary
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Bells Beach ©
Bells Beach
Art Gallery of Ballarat ©
Art Gallery of Ballarat

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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.
For shopping fun, head to Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre or Harbour Town Premium Outlets. Get in touch with nature at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve and Kings Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Kirra Beach (in Coolangatta), Maroochydore Beach (in Maroochydore) and Kondalilla Falls (in Montville). And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, enjoy the sand and surf at Dicky Beach, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip builder tool.

Getting from Melbourne to Brisbane by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in October, expect Brisbane to be somewhat warmer, temps between °C and °C. On the 22nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach

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