11 days in Gold Coast & Sydney Itinerary

11 days in Gold Coast & Sydney Itinerary

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11 days in Gold Coast & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Drive:  9​h 45​min
1
Gold Coast
— 8 nights
Drive:  9​h 45​min
2
Sydney
— 2 nights
End: Sydney

8
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise. Explore hidden gems such as Burleigh Head National Park and Natural Bridge. Change things up with these side-trips from Gold Coast: Byron Bay (Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Spas & Wellness, & more), Castle Glen Cellars (in Tamborine Mountain) and Lennox Head Beach (in Lennox Head). There's lots more to do: stroll through Kirra Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Greenmount Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catholic Old St. Stephen's Church (chapel), and get interesting insight from Tours.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Gold Coast trip itinerary planner .

Sydney to Gold Coast is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Byron Bay, Brisbane, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Castle Glen Cellars, Lennox Head Beach
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Greenmount Beach ©
Greenmount Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): kick back and relax at Shelly Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Darling Harbour and then see a show at Sydney Opera House.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Sydney driving holiday planning app .

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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