Melbourne - Brisbane - Sydney
Any two week holiday needs to include some down time, so you can recharge and revive. This Two Week Walkabout suggestion includes lots of opportunities to relax, ensuring you return home feeling rejuvenated with lasting memories of stunning sights and special moments.
Start your Two Week Walkabout in Melbourne, an exciting blend of old and new. This elegant and fashionable city is set on the banks of the Yarra River, which is at the heart of Melbourne's charm, with rowers skimming the water; scenic cycle tracks alongside, and outdoor cafes lining the banks in the Southgate precinct.
Melbourne is also known as a style-setter, brimming with creativity and innovation. A focal point for the arts, events and entertainment is Federation Square – a creative mix of galleries, cafes and public space - connecting the city with the Yarra River.
Take a day out of the city and head north-east to the winegrowing region of the Yarra Valley, where lush farmland and vineyards present an idyllic scene. Many wineries provide cellar-door sales and tastings of handcrafted wines, and have restaurants serving gourmet food and fine local produce.
Melbourne highlights include:
Testing your nerves to enjoy the endless views from The Edge at Eureka Tower, the highest vantage point in the Southern Hemisphere
Sipping a coffee and watching the world go by in one of the many cafes
Having a wild night out on the town, checking out the hidden bars and clubs that define the city's nightlife
Seeing thousands of Australian fur seals at The Nobbies Centre
Brisbane and the Gold Coast
Did you know you can climb the Story Bridge in Brisbane? This is just one of the many exciting things you can experience in one of the sunniest cities in the world. Young and vibrant, Brisbane is a year-round destination which gives visitors a taste of the Aussie good life. The shopping, dining, markets, museums and adventure activities will keep you busy by day, and has some great night spots to explore once the sun goes down.
If you like surfing, theme parks and golf, leave enough time to explore the Gold Coast, right on Brisbane's doorstep. Or for a quieter escape, just a short drive inland is the Gold Coast Hinterland, famous for its quaint mountain villages, World Heritage Listed rainforest, spas and walks – a great contrast to the buzz of the beach.
Brisbane and Gold Coast highlights include:
A day trip to Moreton Island, where you can sand toboggan and hand feed dolphins
The Story Bridge Adventure Climb in Brisbane
Meeting a koala during your visit to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Taking a day tour flight to the southern part of the Great Barier Reef - Lady Elliot Island - where you can snorkle, swim or take an island walk
Visiting the Crocodile Hunter's Australia Zoo
Learning to surf at Surfers Paradise Beach
Use your hire car to explore even more of southern Queensland with a few days on the Sunshine Coast. Driving in Australia is relatively easy, as we drive on the left like in Britain and the traffic isn't anywhere near as bad as in the UK! Plan your route carefully though, as Australia is a big place and you don't want to take on too much. It's supposed to be a holiday after all!
The Sunshine Coast is a heavenly stretch of white sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters and rolling green mountains, and is a perfect place to hire a beach house for a few days and get away from it all. Enjoy the charm of mountain towns like Montville and Maleny and the stunning beauty of the Glass House Mountains - a dramatic series of 13 volcanic crags rising into the sky.
Visit the coastal town of Noosa which boasts a beautiful national park home to some very cute koalas, a great beach, some of Australia's best restaurants, a thriving arts community and some good shopping. A stay here will be a very relaxing stop on your journey.
Sunshine Coast highlights include:
Visiting Main Beach at Noosa Heads, and the easern beaches of Sunshine, Sunrise, Castaways, Marcus andn Peregian
Strolling through the famous Eumundi Markets
Walking the boardwalk from Hastings Street out to the national park
Diving with huge sharks and stingrays at UnderWater World
Kayaking along Noosa Sound
Head back to Brisbane and fly down the coast to Sydney. The oldest and largest city in Australia is renowned for much more than its famous landmarks. The city has first-class restaurants, fresh seafood, myriad harbour experiences, sparkling beaches, pulsing nightlife and fantastic shopping.
Go on a walking tour around the historic Rocks area to get a real sense of Australia's colonial past or get awe-inspiring views of the city and harbour by climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Climb while the sun is setting for an even more memorable experience.
Sydney highlights include:
Jumping on one of the distinct yellow and green ferries, and take a half-hour cruise to Manly to check out plenty of cafes, bars, restaurants and beachside activities
Visiting Sydney Fish Markets to enjoy a gourmet platter of fresh, local seafood delicacies
Taking a scenic seaplane flight over Sydney Harbour to tranquil Cottage Point for lunch
Joining a Historic Rocks Walking Tour and hearing the tales of the city's colourful colonial past
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