15 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Gold Coast Itinerary

15 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Gold Coast Itinerary

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15 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Gold Coast Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  20​h
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Drive:  9​h
2
Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive:  9​h 45​min
3
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes City Circle Tram, Walking tours, Melbourne Boat Hire, and other attractions you added. Take a break from Melbourne with a short trip to Eastern Beach Reserve in Geelong, about 1h 20 min away.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne online trip itinerary maker .

San Francisco, USA to Melbourne is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 18 hours traveling from San Francisco to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Melbourne: highs are around 78°F and lows about 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Eastern Beach Reserve
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Escape Discovery Adventures ©
Escape Discovery Adventures
Degraves Street ©
Degraves Street

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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.
We've included these beaches for you: Bondi Beach and Bronte Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Rocks and Darling Harbour. And it doesn't end there: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and enjoy the sand and surf at Coogee Beach.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, Sydney is a bit warmer at night with lows of 65°F. On the 3rd (Thu), you're off toGold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Bronte Beach
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Bronte Beach ©
Bronte Beach
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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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.
Visiting Burleigh Head National Park and Lennox Head Beach will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Kirra Beach and Kurrawa Beach. When in Gold Coast, make a side trip to see Stand-Up Paddleboarding in Byron Bay, approximately 1h 20 min away. Pack the 6th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Sea World Theme Park. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Greenmount Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other 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 January, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lennox Head Beach, Stand-Up Paddleboarding
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Greenmount Beach ©
Greenmount Beach

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