13 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Gold Coast Itinerary

13 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Gold Coast Itinerary

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13 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Gold Coast Itinerary

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

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.
For shopping fun, head to Melbourne Central or The Junk Company. Let the collections at Shrine of Remembrance and National Gallery of Victoria capture your imagination. When in Melbourne, make a side trip to see The Great Ocean Road in Torquay, approximately 1h 40 min away. Spend the 6th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, immerse yourself in nature at Warrandyte State Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne road trip planning app .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Melbourne. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

The Great Ocean Road, St. Kilda Beach
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Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): wander the streets of Darling Harbour, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market, and then take a stroll through The Rocks. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, then trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, then see a show at Sydney Opera House, and finally admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Sydney route maker site .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Melbourne in January since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Parks Outdoors
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Cape Byron Lighthouse. Step out of the city life by going to Burleigh Head National Park and Burleigh Heads Beach. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Surfer's Paradise Beach, see the interesting displays at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise, browse the different shops at Robina Town Shopping Centre, and get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Gold Coast takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. January in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Cape Byron Lighthouse
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

2
nights
Melbourne

Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): examine the collection at Federation Square, then get engrossed in the history at Immigration Museum, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, then hunt for treasures at Degraves Street, and then kick back and relax at Sandridge Beach.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne vacation planner .

You can fly from Gold Coast to Melbourne in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of 17°C in Melbourne. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
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Balloon Rides
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol
Immigration Museum ©
Immigration Museum

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