18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  12 h 15 min
1
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
2
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  6 h 30 min
3
Mount Buller
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Newhaven
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Brighton
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
6
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  11 h 15 min
End: Kuala Lumpur

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): examine the collection at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, see the interesting displays at Opal Museum, and then take in the exciting artwork at Birrunga Gallery & Dining.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane online holiday planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Brisbane is an approximately 12.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Brisbane. In October, Brisbane is a bit cooler than Kuala Lumpur - with highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Parks Wildlife
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Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery

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.
Get outdoors at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. You'll explore and learn at ATTY Gallery and Australian National Maritime Museum. And it doesn't end there: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of The Rocks, hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk, and browse the exhibits of Brett Whiteley Studio.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney route planner.

You can fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. October in Sydney sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mount Buller.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

1
night
Mount Buller

Mount Buller ©
Mount Buller is a town located in the Shire of Mansfield in the Alpine region of the Australian state of Victoria. Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): glide through natural beauty at Mount Stirling and then fly down the slopes at Mt Buller.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Mount Buller day trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sydney to Mount Buller. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel to Newhaven.

Things to do in Mount Buller

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks
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Mt Buller ©
Mt Buller
Mount Stirling ©
Mount Stirling

2
nights
Newhaven

Newhaven ©
Newhaven is a town in southern Victoria, in the south Gippsland region. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): head off the coast to Churchill Island, learn about all things military at National Vietnam Veterans Museum, Head underground at Forrest Caves, then learn about winemaking at Phillip Island Winery, and finally join the crowd at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): get outside with The Nobbies, identify plant and animal life at Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm, and then identify plant and animal life at Maru Koala and Animal Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Newhaven trip planner.

Drive from Mount Buller to Newhaven in 4.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Newhaven can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Brighton.

Things to do in Newhaven

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Ventnor, Phillip Island, Maru Koala and Animal Park, Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm
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Churchill Island ©
Churchill Island
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit ©
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
National Vietnam Veterans Museum ©
National Vietnam Veterans Museum

2
nights
Brighton

Brighton ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): buy something for everyone on your list at Chadstone - The Fashion Capital, then admire the natural beauty at Rippon Lea Estate, and then kick back and relax at Brighton Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Jewish Holocaust Centre, stroll the grounds of Historic St Andrew's Anglican Church, take in the exciting artwork at McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Frankston Beach, and finally walk around Kevin Hayes Reserve Fenced Dog Park.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Brighton day trip app.

Traveling by car from Newhaven to Brighton takes 2 hours. In November in Brighton, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Brighton

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Elsternwick, Chadstone - The Fashion Capital, Frankston Beach, Kevin Hayes Reserve Fenced Dog Park, McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park
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Brighton Beach ©
Brighton Beach
Jewish Holocaust Centre ©
Jewish Holocaust Centre
McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park ©

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.
Get outdoors at Half Moon Bay and Port Melbourne Beach. Museum-lovers will appreciate Melbourne Museum and National Gallery of Victoria. Next up on the itinerary: visit Melbourne Central, get engrossed in the history at The National Opal Collection, admire the masterpieces at Buxton Contemporary, and hunt for treasures at South Melbourne Market.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne holiday planning tool.

Melbourne is very close to Brighton. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. On the 9th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trip

Australian Print Workshop
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 9:
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central

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