17 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Melbourne Itinerary

17 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Melbourne Itinerary

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17 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Manama
Fly:  16​h 30​min
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Gold Coast
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Manama

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Munmorah State Conservation Area. Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Canyoning & Rappelling Tours (in Katoomba) and Logan Brae Orchard (in Blackheath). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through The Rocks, and kick back and relax at Camp Cove.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney travel itinerary planner .

Manama, Bahrain to Sydney is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Manama to Sydney. While traveling from Manama, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trips

Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, Munmorah State Conservation Area, Logan Brae Orchard
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

6
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Burleigh Head National Park and Kirra Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Kurrawa Beach and Broken Head Beach. Explore Gold Coast's surroundings by going to Glow Worm Caves (in North Tamborine), Lennox Head Beach (in Lennox Head) and Byron Bay (Belongil Beach & Spas & Wellness). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Whian Whian State Conservation Area, tour the pleasant surroundings at Greenmount Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Tugun Beach, and experience rural life at Tropical Fruit World.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Gold Coast tour planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Gold Coast takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. October in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Byron Bay, Lennox Head Beach, Broken Head Beach, Glow Worm Caves, Whian Whian State Conservation Area
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Ballarat Wildlife Park and Art Gallery of Ballarat. Visit Eastern Beach Reserve and Bells Beach for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park (in Pearcedale) and Pulpit Rock (in Cape Schanck). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, stroll through Melbourne Zoo, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne trip planner .

Getting from Gold Coast to Melbourne by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in October, things will get slightly colder in Melbourne: highs are around 24°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Ballarat, Pulpit Rock, Bells Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, Eastern Beach Reserve
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Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve

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