18 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Melbourne Itinerary

18 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Melbourne Itinerary

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18 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Gold Coast
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Melbourne
— 7 nights
Fly + bus:  25​h
End: Sao Paulo


3
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.
Head to Sydney Fish Market and Queen Victoria Building (QVB)for some retail therapy. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Manly Beach. There's lots more to do: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, take a stroll through The Rocks, and kick back and relax at Bondi Beach.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Sydney trip tool .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Sydney is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Sao Paulo to Sydney, you'll lose 13 hours due to the time zone difference. In January, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Surfer's Paradise Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. For shopping fun, head to Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre or Miami Marketta. When in Gold Coast, make a side trip to see O'Reillys Birds of Prey in Lamington National Park, approximately 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea World Theme Park, tour the water at your own pace with Sunrise Sailing Charters, find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, and browse the different shops at Robina Town Shopping Centre.

To see reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Gold Coast road trip site .

You can fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, O'Reillys Birds of Prey
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Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

7
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get a sense of the local culture at Melbourne Museum and Shrine of Remembrance. Museum-lovers will get to explore National Gallery of Victoria and FortyFiveDownstairs. Spend the 13th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Melbourne Central, take in nature's colorful creations at Melbourne Zoo, get a taste of the local shopping with Degraves Street, and get engrossed in the history at Immigration Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Melbourne trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Melbourne takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Gold Coast in January since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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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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