20 days in Gold Coast, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

20 days in Gold Coast, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

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20 days in Gold Coast, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Ho Chi Minh City
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Gold Coast
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 8 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Ho Chi Minh City

6
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 get in some beach time at Surfers Paradise Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach. Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Brisbane (Gallery of Modern Art & Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary) and Cape Byron Lighthouse (in Byron Bay). Spend the 12th (Tue) exploring nature at Les Rodgers Memorial Park. There's much more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea World Theme Park, buy something for everyone on your list at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, and get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip planner.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Gold Coast is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time (ICT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 3 hours. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in February, you will find days in Gold Coast are little chillier (32°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Brisbane, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Cape Byron Lighthouse
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

5
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.
The Rocks and Brett Whiteley Studio are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Manly Beach and Bondi Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Katoomba (Wentworth Falls & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Sydney Fish Market, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, make a trip to Queen Victoria Building (QVB), and see a show at Sydney Opera House.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Sydney travel route planner.

You can fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In February, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Manly, Katoomba
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

8
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll get in some beach time at St. Kilda Beach and Half Moon Bay. Melbourne Central and Degraves Street are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay) and Koala Conservation Centre (in Cowes). Spend the 23rd (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Melbourne Zoo, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne day 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. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Sydney in February since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

St Kilda, Koala Conservation Centre, The Great Ocean Road
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Balloon Rides
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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