13 days in Gold Coast, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

13 days in Gold Coast, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

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13 days in Gold Coast, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Singapore

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 2nd (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Natural Bridge. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Kurrawa Beach, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, then kick back and relax at Kirra Beach, and finally appreciate the history behind Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast route planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Gold Coast is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Singapore to Gold Coast. While traveling from Singapore, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Gold Coast, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Nature Beaches
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Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Rocks and Sydney Opera House. Head to Brett Whiteley Studio and Hazelbrook Cottage Antiquesfor some retail therapy. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Shelly Beach (in Manly) and Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, view the masterpieces at Joel Coleman Gallery, and take a stroll through The Intersection Paddington.

To see photos and more tourist information, go to the Sydney road trip app .

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Gold Coast in August: highs in Sydney hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Shopping Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Manly, Wentworth Falls, Hazelbrook Cottage Antiques
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Visit Shrine of Remembrance and St Paul's Cathedral for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Art Gallery of Ballarat and National Gallery of Victoria. Get out of town with these interesting Melbourne side-trips: Split Point Lighthouse (in Aireys Inlet), Captains Creek Organic Wines (in Blampied) and Ballarat (Ballarat Wildlife Park & Sovereign Hill). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Eastern Beach Reserve, hunt for treasures at Degraves Street, admire the landmark architecture of Royal Exhibition Building, and don't miss a visit to Royal Botanic Gardens.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne online trip maker .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Sydney in August, with highs in Melbourne at 16°C and lows at 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ballarat, St John's Anglican Church, Spas, Captains Creek Organic Wines, Paramoor Winery
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Split Point Lighthouse ©
Split Point Lighthouse
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park

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