14 days in Canberra, Sydney & Gold Coast Itinerary

14 days in Canberra, Sydney & Gold Coast Itinerary

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14 days in Canberra, Sydney & Gold Coast Itinerary

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

3
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.
Get outdoors at Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary and Canberra Centenary Trail. Museum-lovers will get to explore Australian War Memorial and National Gallery of Australia. Next up on the itinerary: take in the exciting artwork at Strathnairn Gallery, identify plant and animal life at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, look for gifts at Trove Canberra, and explore the galleries of Scott Leggo Gallery.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Canberra itinerary site .

Adelaide to Canberra is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Canberra when traveling from Adelaide in May, with lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery

6
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bondi Beach and Coachwood Glen Nature Trail. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Rocks and Justice & Police Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Pulpit Rock Lookout (in Blue Mountains National Park) and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge, stop by Sydney Fish Market, and admire the striking features of Sydney Opera House.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Sydney online journey planner .

You can drive from Canberra to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Canberra in May: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 24°C and lows are around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Pulpit Rock Lookout, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail
Find places to stay May 7 — 13:
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Surfers Paradise Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Broadbeach Mall. Take a break from Gold Coast with a short trip to Moffat Beach in Caloundra, about 1h 35 min away. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, browse the different shops at Robina Town Shopping Centre, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, and explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our 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. In May, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Moffat Beach
Find places to stay May 13 — 17:
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

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