13 days in Australia Itinerary

13 days in Australia Itinerary

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13 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Gold Coast
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Canberra
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Coffs Harbour
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
End: Gold Coast

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 Coogee Beach. Visit The Rocks and St. Mary's Cathedral for their historical value. Change things up with a short trip to Featherdale Wildlife Park in Blacktown (about 46 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, look for gifts at DUX Collection Sydney, and see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Sydney trip maker tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Sydney. In December, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Featherdale Wildlife Park
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Featherdale Wildlife Park ©
Featherdale Wildlife Park
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

2
nights
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
On the 26th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, admire the masterpieces at National Portrait Gallery, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Australia, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Canberra Rotary Peace Bell. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Old Parliament House, then hike along Canberra Centenary Trail, and then explore the activities along Lake Burley Griffin.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Canberra tour itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Sydney to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Sydney in December since evenings lows in Canberra dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Parks Trails
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National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery
Old Parliament House ©
Old Parliament House
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial

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.
Get some historical perspective at Shrine of Remembrance and St Paul's Cathedral. Visiting Eastern Beach Reserve and McCrae Beach will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: Bittern Reservoir (in Tuerong) and Somers Beach (in Somers). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, shop like a local with Degraves Street, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Catani Gardens.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Melbourne trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

St Kilda, Bittern Reservoir, Somers Beach, Eastern Beach Reserve, McCrae Beach
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St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
St Paul's Cathedral ©
St Paul's Cathedral

5
nights
Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scotts Head Beach and Trial Bay Gaol. We've included these beaches for you: Pippi Beach and Horsehoe Bay Beach. Explore Coffs Harbour's surroundings by going to Yamba (Main Beach Yamba & Turners Beach), Shelly Beach (in Nambucca Heads) and South West Rocks (Smoky Cape Lighthouse & Scuba & Snorkeling). Spend the 2nd (Wed) exploring nature at Ulidarra National Park. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Coffs Harbour Butterfly House, meet the residents at Pet Porpoise Pool - Dolphin Marine Magic, do a tasting at Raleigh Vineyard & Winery, and contemplate the waterfront views at Urunga Wetlands Boardwalk.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Coffs Harbour day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Coffs Harbour takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Melbourne in December, Coffs Harbour is a bit warmer at night with lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

South West Rocks, Yamba, Raleigh Vineyard & Winery, Shelly Beach, Urunga Wetlands Boardwalk
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Smoky Cape Lighthouse ©
Smoky Cape Lighthouse
Trial Bay Gaol ©
Trial Bay Gaol
Scuba & Snorkeling

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