21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Hanoi
Fly:  13​h
1
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
3
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Hanoi

6
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Melbourne Gaol and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Do your shopping at Melbourne Central and Minotaur Entertainment Melbourne. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, get into the urban bustle at Federation Square, take an in-depth tour of Immigration Museum, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Melbourne online tour planner .

Hanoi, Vietnam to Melbourne is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Hanoi to Melbourne, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In January, daytime highs in Melbourne are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Thu) before leaving for Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

6
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 the city and head to Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk. Shop till you drop at Sydney Fish Market and Queen Victoria Building. Change things up with a short trip to Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum in Faulconbridge (about 1h 20 min away). There's much more to do: wander the streets of The Rocks, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, admire the masterpieces at Brett Whiteley Studio, and see the interesting displays at Hyde Park Barracks Museum.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney holiday builder app .

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 January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sydney, with lows of 23°C. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Bondi to Coogee Walk, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

4
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Shop till you drop at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and Sanctuary Markets. Get outdoors at Surfers Paradise Beach and Coolangatta Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Watersports Guru in Kingscliff (about 42 minutes away). There's much more to do: stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach, get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, try out the rides at Sea World Theme Park, and take in the exciting artwork at Boomerang Art - Aboriginal & Contemporary Fine Art.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip planner.

Getting from Sydney to Gold Coast by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Watersports Guru
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Watersports Guru ©
Watersports Guru
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

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.
Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, explore the world behind art at Gallery of Modern Art, and then get advice or help at State Library Of Queensland.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Brisbane online visit planner .

Drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

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

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