17 days in Sydney & Gold Coast Itinerary

17 days in Sydney & Gold Coast Itinerary

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17 days in Sydney & Gold Coast Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Drive:  9​h
1
Sydney
— 8 nights
Drive:  9​h 45​min
2
Gold Coast
— 7 nights
Drive:  18​h 15​min
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Wentworth Falls and Palm Beach. Get in touch with nature at Manly Beach and Balmoral Beach, Mosman. Venture out of the city with trips to The Giant Stairway (in Katoomba), Everglades Historic House and Gardens (in Leura) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, kick back and relax at Camp Cove, and stroll through Bondi Beach.

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Melbourne to Sydney is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Manly, Katoomba, Lincoln's Rock, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Australian Reptile Park
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Palm Beach ©
Palm Beach

7
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Burleigh Head National Park and Kurrawa Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kirra Beach and Lennox Head Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Ilnam Winery (in Carool) and Byron Bay (Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Spas & Wellness, & more). Spend the 4th (Mon) exploring nature at Natural Bridge. Spend the 10th (Sun) exploring nature at Springbrook National Park. The adventure continues: stroll through Greenmount Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse, and enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach.

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

Fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In February, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Byron Bay, Lennox Head Beach
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Greenmount Beach ©
Greenmount Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

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