19 days in Melbourne, Brisbane & Gold Coast Itinerary

19 days in Melbourne, Brisbane & Gold Coast Itinerary

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19 days in Melbourne, Brisbane & Gold Coast Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Brisbane
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
Gold Coast
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Sydney

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.
Get outdoors at Melbourne Zoo and Half Moon Bay. We've included these beaches for you: St. Kilda Beach and Sandridge Beach. Dedicate the 25th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Melbourne Central, stop by Readings Book Shop, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and choose your vessel at Melbourne Boat Hire.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne trip planner .

Sydney to Melbourne is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Melbourne, with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Shopping, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

5
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Mooloolaba Beach and Dicky Beach. Shop till you drop at Maroochydore, Sunshine Plaza and MaisyMoo. Step out of Brisbane with an excursion to Kings Beach in Caloundra--about 1h 40 min away. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, explore the activities along The Brisbane River, let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, and see the interesting displays at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane day trip app .

You can fly from Melbourne to Brisbane in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, Brisbane is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Caloundra, Mooloolaba Beach, Maroochydore, Sunshine Plaza
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach

7
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Surfer's Paradise Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach. Visit Coolangatta Beach and Burleigh Head National Park for some beach relaxation. Next up on the itinerary: browse the different shops at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach, and find something for the whole family at Sea World Theme Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Gold Coast itinerary planner.

Drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

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