16 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Gold Coast Itinerary

16 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Gold Coast Itinerary

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16 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Gold Coast Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Gold Coast
— 5 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  20​h
End: San Diego

4
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.
Bring the kids along to Bondi Beach and Australian National Maritime Museum. Spend the 6th (Sat) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. And it doesn't end there: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and engage your brain at Powerhouse Museum.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Sydney travel site .

San Diego, USA to Sydney is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Diego to Sydney is 18 hours. Traveling from San Diego in July, you will find days in Sydney are a bit cooler (65°F), and nights are much colder (47°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Sydney Harbour National Park
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

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.
Kids will enjoy Melbourne Zoo and Old Melbourne Gaol. Step out of Melbourne with an excursion to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee--about 42 minutes away. Spend the 8th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, have some family-friendly fun at Zero Latency, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne online road trip planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in July, things will get a bit cooler in Melbourne: highs are around 56°F and lows about 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

5
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.
Bring the kids along to Sea World Theme Park and Surfers Paradise Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gold Coast: Brisbane (South Bank Parklands, City Botanic Gardens, & more). Pack the 16th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Dreamworld. There's more to do: get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World and get outside with Pelican Feeding.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Gold Coast online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Gold Coast takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in July; daily highs in Gold Coast reach 69°F and lows reach 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Brisbane
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World

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