12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  18​h
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + shuttle + train + bus:  10​h 15​min
2
Port Campbell
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  20​h
End: Vancouver

2
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.
Get outdoors at Manly Beach and Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk. Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Shelly Beach. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through The Rocks, tour the pleasant surroundings at Clovelly, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip maker app .

Vancouver, Canada to Sydney is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) is 18 hours. In January, Sydney is much warmer than Vancouver - with highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

1
night
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. You've now added The Twelve Apostles to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at The Twelve Apostles, get outside with The Arch, then contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Martyrs, and finally do a tasting at Newtons Ridge Estate Vineyard & Winery. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Port Campbell precinct and foreshore, take in the dramatic natural features at The Razorback, then get great views at Loch Ard Gorge, and finally identify plant and animal life at Gibsons Steps.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Port Campbell trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of flight, shuttle, train, and bus from Sydney to Port Campbell in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Newtons Ridge Estate Vineyard & Winery, Bay of Martyrs
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Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge
Gibsons Steps ©
Gibsons Steps
Bay of Martyrs ©
Bay of Martyrs

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Dandenong Ranges National Park and then look for all kinds of wild species at Cardinia Reservoir Park. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at St Kilda beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Brighton Beach, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Paul's Cathedral.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne trip planner.

Drive from Port Campbell to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daytime highs in Melbourne are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Brighton Beach, Dandenong Ranges National Park, Cardinia Reservoir Park
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St Kilda beach ©
St Kilda beach
Brighton Beach ©
Brighton Beach
Dandenong Ranges National Park ©
Dandenong Ranges National Park

3
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 in touch with nature at Burleigh Head National Park and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Kirra Beach and Kurrawa Beach. Spend the 22nd (Tue) exploring nature at Natural Bridge. There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Greenmount Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Gold Coast takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, Gold Coast is a bit warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Stand-Up Paddleboarding
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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Natural Bridge ©
Natural Bridge

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