13 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Melbourne Itinerary

13 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Melbourne Itinerary

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13 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Melbourne Itinerary

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

3
nights
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Rocks Markets and Sydney Fish Market. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dolphin & Whale Watching and The Nook. Step out of Sydney to go to Katoomba and see Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. The adventure continues: take a stroll through The Rocks, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales, and stop by Opal Minded.

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Beijing, China to Sydney is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Beijing to Sydney due to the time zone difference. In October, Sydney is somewhat warmer than Beijing - with highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, The Nook
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Burleigh Head National Park and Kurrawa Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Fingal Head Lighthouse. Explore Gold Coast's surroundings by going to Stand-Up Paddleboarding (in Byron Bay) and Tropical Fruit World (in Duranbah). Spend the 10th (Wed) exploring nature at Natural Bridge. It doesn't end there: stroll through Kirra Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast online trip builder .

You can fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In October in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Tropical Fruit World, Fingal Head Lighthouse, Stand-Up Paddleboarding
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Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bells Beach and Ballarat Wildlife Park. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Art Gallery of Ballarat and National Gallery of Victoria. When in Melbourne, make a side trip to see Point Lonsdale Lighthouse in Point Lonsdale, approximately 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the galleries of Shrine of Remembrance, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, admire the natural beauty at Fitzroy Gardens, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Melbourne online travel route planner .

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Melbourne takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in October, things will get a bit cooler in Melbourne: highs are around 24°C and lows about 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Ballarat, Bells Beach, Point Lonsdale Lighthouse
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 15:
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Art Gallery of Ballarat ©
Art Gallery of Ballarat
Bells Beach ©
Bells Beach
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park

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