20 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Melbourne Itinerary

20 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Melbourne Itinerary

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20 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Manama
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Gold Coast
— 8 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Manama

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba), Dryridge Estate (in Megalong Valley) and Logan Brae Orchard (in Blackheath). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Sydney visit planner .

Manama, Bahrain to Sydney is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manama to Sydney is 7 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in March, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Dryridge Estate, Wentworth Falls, Logan Brae Orchard
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Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

8
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Gold Coast side-trips: Brisbane (South Bank Parklands, Gallery of Modern Art, & more) and Cape Byron Lighthouse (in Byron Bay). There's much more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park, get outside with Pelican Feeding, get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, and get your game on at Slideways - Go Karting Gold Coast.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Gold Coast trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Gold Coast takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Brisbane, Cape Byron Lighthouse
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

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.
Go for a jaunt from Melbourne to Torquay to see The Great Ocean Road about 1h 40 min away. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, and examine the collection at Melbourne Museum.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Melbourne vacation planning website .

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Melbourne takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Gold Coast in April; daily highs in Melbourne reach 23°C and lows reach 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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