15 days in Sydney & Gold Coast Itinerary

15 days in Sydney & Gold Coast Itinerary

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15 days in Sydney & Gold Coast Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  28​h
End: Manchester

7
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Rocks and Art Gallery of New South Wales. Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Clovelly Beach. Spend the 27th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip itinerary planner.

Manchester, UK to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Traveling from Manchester in December, things will get warmer in Sydney: highs are around 32°C and lows about 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

North Head Sanctuary
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

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.
Relax by the water at Surfers Paradise Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. When in Gold Coast, make a side trip to see Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane, approximately 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach, identify plant and animal life at David Fleay Wildlife Park, enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Observation Deck, and get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast road trip site .

Fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
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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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