12 days in Melbourne, Gold Coast & Sydney Itinerary

12 days in Melbourne, Gold Coast & Sydney Itinerary

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12 days in Melbourne, Gold Coast & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
End: Sydney

3
nights
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, shopping, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne tour itinerary planner.

Sydney to Melbourne is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in September, things will get a bit cooler in Melbourne: highs are around 20°C and lows about 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Museums
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gold Coast: Brisbane (South Bank Parklands, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, & more). Spend the 28th (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park. It doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World and tour the pleasant surroundings at Surfers Paradise Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Gold Coast road trip planning tool .

You can fly from Melbourne to Gold Coast in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In September, Gold Coast is somewhat warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Brisbane
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

4
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: see a show at Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. September in Sydney sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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