11 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Gold Coast Itinerary

11 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Gold Coast Itinerary

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11 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Gold Coast Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Portland

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, wander the streets of The Rocks, stroll through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Sydney trip planner .

Portland, USA to Sydney is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Portland to Sydney is 18 hours. When traveling from Portland in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Sydney: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, stroll through St. Kilda Beach, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, and make a trip to Flinders Street Station.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Melbourne travel route planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in September; daily highs in Melbourne reach 63°F and lows reach 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): find something for the whole family at Sea World Theme Park and then get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, then enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach, and then find something for the whole family at Sling Shot & Vomatron Amusement Rides Gold Coast.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast route site .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Gold Coast takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in September; daily highs in Gold Coast reach 74°F and lows reach 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

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