12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  26​h
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  22​h 30​min
End: New York City

3
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Go for a jaunt from Melbourne to Torquay to see The Great Ocean Road about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, walk around Fitzroy Gardens, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne route site .

New York City, USA to Melbourne is an approximately 26-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) is 15 hours. Traveling from New York City in December, you will find days in Melbourne are warmer (78°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (54°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trip

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

4
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, shopping, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through The Rocks, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and kick back and relax at Manly Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney tour itinerary tool .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 65°F in Sydney. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland and then stroll around South Bank Parklands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane trip planning website .

Fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in December, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife
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Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland

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