18 days in Melbourne, Gold Coast & Sydney Itinerary

18 days in Melbourne, Gold Coast & Sydney Itinerary

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18 days in Melbourne, Gold Coast & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Valletta, Island of Malta
Fly:  28​h
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Valletta, Island of Malta

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 5th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne travel itinerary planner.

Valletta, Malta to Melbourne is an approximately 28-hour combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Valletta to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Valletta in January, you will find days in Melbourne are much hotter (32°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Parks
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Food Tours
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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.
Gold Coast is known for theme parks, beaches, shopping, nightlife, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Sea World Theme Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach, browse the different shops at Marina Mirage, and enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Gold Coast travel itinerary planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Gold Coast in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Gold Coast, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World

6
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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