15 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Melbourne Itinerary

15 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Melbourne Itinerary

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15 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Melbourne Itinerary

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


8
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Wentworth Falls and Coogee Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame and Sydney Opera House. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: The Giant Stairway (in Katoomba), Palm Beach (in Palm Beach) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Manly Beach, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and get engrossed in the history at Historical Aircraft Restoration Society.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Sydney day trip planning app .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. In January, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Katoomba, Nan Tien Temple, Palm Beach, Shelly Beach, Historical Aircraft Restoration Society
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Natural Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Greenmount Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip itinerary planning app .

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, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. On the 24th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Nature Beaches
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Natural Bridge ©
Natural Bridge
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Melbourne Zoo, then brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and then examine the collection at Federation Square. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and then explore the world behind art at ArtVo.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne trip builder website .

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Melbourne takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Melbourne, with lows around 17°C. On the 27th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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