33 days in Australia Itinerary

33 days in Australia Itinerary

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33 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro
Fly:  30​h
1
Perth
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Melbourne
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 8 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Brisbane
— 8 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Rio de Janeiro

5
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Visit Cottesloe Beach and Mullaloo Beach for some beach relaxation. For shopping fun, head to Fremantle Markets or Emma Blyth Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Perth: Caversham Wildlife Park (in Whiteman), Zanthorrea Nursery (in Maida Vale) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mandurah). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, explore the activities along Swan River, steep yourself in history at Fremantle Prison, and head off the coast to Penguin Island.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Perth trip itinerary planner .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Perth is an approximately 30-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Perth, you'll lose 11 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Perth, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Fremantle, Rockingham, Mandurah, Cottesloe Beach, Matilda Bay Reserve
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 30:
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Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach
Caversham Wildlife Park ©
Caversham Wildlife Park

7
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Head to Melbourne Central and The White Room Interiorsfor plenty of shopping. Get out of town with these interesting Melbourne side-trips: Cowes (Koala Conservation Centre & Phillip Island Wildlife Park). Spend the 5th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, stop by Lightning Ridge Opal Mines, get a taste of the local shopping with Collins St/Swanston St, and browse the different shops at Emporium Melbourne.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne driving holiday planner.

Fly from Perth to Melbourne in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Perth to Melbourne, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Perth in January, with highs in Melbourne at 32°C and lows at 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Cowes, St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 7:
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central

8
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.
For shopping fun, head to Sydney Fish Market or Birkenhead Point Brand Outlet. Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Shelly Beach. Next up on the itinerary: see a show at Sydney Opera House, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, and get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Sydney tour site .

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in February, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 23°C in Sydney. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

Manly
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 15:
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

8
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 Opals Down Under or Kawana Shoppingworld. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Surfer's Paradise Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve (in Maleny), Mooloolaba (Scuba & Snorkeling & Point Cartwright) and Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre (in Biggera Waters). Spend the 23rd (Sat) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach, and let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane online vacation planner .

Fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Opals Down Under, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach

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