13 days in Australia Itinerary

13 days in Australia Itinerary

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13 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Gold Coast
1
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Albury
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 5 nights
End: Melbourne

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Burleigh Head National Park, browse the different shops at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): buy something for everyone on your list at Marina Mirage, then get some fabulous bargains at Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre, then buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Shopping Centre, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast road trip tool .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Gold Coast. In January, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

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.
Relax by the water at Coogee Beach and Clovelly. Visiting Manly Beach and Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Pulpit Rock Lookout (in Blue Mountains National Park) and Featherdale Wildlife Park (in Blacktown). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Camp Cove, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney day trip planner .

You can fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Featherdale Wildlife Park, Pulpit Rock Lookout
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

1
day
Albury

Albury, a major regional city in New South Wales, Australia, is located on the Hume Highway and the northern side of the Murray River. On the 28th (Mon), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, browse the different shops at Myer Centrepoint, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Hume.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Albury trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Albury takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Sydney, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Albury, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Albury

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Myer Centrepoint ©
Myer Centrepoint

5
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Visiting The Great Ocean Road and Melbourne Zoo will get you outdoors. Head to Melbourne Central and Degraves Streetfor plenty of shopping. Spend the 30th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, kick back and relax at Sandridge Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Trin Warren Tam-boore, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne holiday maker tool .

You can fly from Albury to Melbourne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Albury in January, plan for little chillier days in Melbourne, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

The Great Ocean Road, St. Kilda Beach
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach

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