15 days in Canberra, Sydney & Gold Coast Itinerary

15 days in Canberra, Sydney & Gold Coast Itinerary

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15 days in Canberra, Sydney & Gold Coast Itinerary

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

4
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.
For shopping fun, head to Strathnairn Gallery or Scott Leggo Gallery. Get some cultural insight at Australian War Memorial and Tootsie. Explore Canberra's surroundings by going to Bungendore Wood Works Gallery (in Bungendore) and Wee Jasper Reserves (in Wee Jasper). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary, explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Canberra Centenary Trail, and explore the landscape on two wheels at One Tree Hill Lookout Walk (Centenary Trail).

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Canberra travel route planner.

Adelaide to Canberra is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Adelaide in May since evenings lows in Canberra dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Wee Jasper Reserves, Bungendore Wood Works Gallery, Tootsie
Find places to stay May 3 — 7:
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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.
Visiting Bondi Beach and Pulpit Rock Lookout will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Brett Whiteley Studio and Sydney Opera House. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Coachwood Glen Nature Trail (in Megalong Valley) and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, pick up some local products at Danks Street Produce Merchants, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Sydney trip app .

Drive from Canberra to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Canberra in May, with highs in Sydney at 24°C and lows at 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Museums Wildlife

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.
Get outdoors at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Moffat Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Surfers Paradise Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Go for a jaunt from Gold Coast to Murwillumbah to see Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre about 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, identify plant and animal life at David Fleay Wildlife Park, and browse the different shops at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast itinerary planner .

Getting from Sydney to Gold Coast by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Moffat Beach, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
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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