20 days in Melbourne, Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

20 days in Melbourne, Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

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20 days in Melbourne, Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Sydney
— 7 nights
End: Sydney

6
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Take a break from Melbourne with a short trip to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay, about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne road trip planning website .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Melbourne International Airport. In September, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

6
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.
Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to Australia Zoo (in Beerwah) and Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World (in Maleny). The adventure continues: walk around South Bank Parklands, examine the collection at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, and admire the natural beauty at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Brisbane takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in September, with highs in Brisbane at 75°F and lows at 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Australia Zoo, Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

7
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.
Take a break from Sydney with a short trip to Wentworth Falls in Katoomba, about 1h 30 min away. On the 23rd (Mon), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. There's still lots to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Sydney online trip itinerary builder .

Fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Wentworth Falls
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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