16 days in Sydney, Canberra & Gold Coast Itinerary

16 days in Sydney, Canberra & Gold Coast Itinerary

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16 days in Sydney, Canberra & Gold Coast Itinerary

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

10
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.
Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. Get some historical perspective at The Rocks and Justice & Police Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba), Shelly Beach (in Manly) and Blue Mountains National Park (The National Pass & Lincoln's Rock). Spend the 20th (Sat) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Manly Beach, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney journey planner.

If you are flying in from India, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Blue Mountains National Park, Wentworth Falls, Sydney Harbour National Park, Shelly Beach
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Floriade, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Burley Griffin, and then get a sense of history and politics at Parliament of Australia. Here are some ideas for day two: engage your brain at Questacon and then get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Canberra visit planning website .

You can drive from Sydney to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Sydney in October, things will get slightly colder in Canberra: highs are around 25°C and lows about 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Canberra

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Floriade ©
Floriade
Lake Burley Griffin ©
Lake Burley Griffin

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 27th (Sat): enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse, then relax in the rural setting at The Farm Byron Bay, and then kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, then enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach, and then find something for the whole family at Sling Shot & Vomatron Amusement Rides Gold Coast.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Gold Coast visit planner.

You can fly from Canberra to Gold Coast in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Canberra in October, expect Gold Coast to be a bit warmer, temps between 29°C and 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Byron Bay
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

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