21 days in Gold Coast, Greater Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

21 days in Gold Coast, Greater Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

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21 days in Gold Coast, Greater Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Jeddah
Fly:  22​h
1
Gold Coast
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + train + ferry:  4​h
2
Manly
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Cronulla
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Melbourne
— 8 nights
Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Jeddah

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Brisbane (South Bank Parklands, Opal Museum, & more) and Cape Byron Lighthouse (in Byron Bay). Next up on the itinerary: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea World Theme Park, kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach, take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Observation Deck, and find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip planner.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Gold Coast is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Jeddah to Gold Coast, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Jeddah in August, expect Gold Coast to be colder, temps between 25°C and 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Manly.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

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

3
nights
Manly

Manly ©
Located 11 km (7 mi) across the harbor from Sydney, a holiday in Manly combines quiet neighborhood charm and coastal attractions, all the while placing you within easy access to the big city.
Manly is known for beaches, zoos & aquariums, wildlife, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Taronga Zoo, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, view the masterpieces at Mosman Art Gallery, and stroll through Shelly Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Manly trip itinerary builder app .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Gold Coast to Manly in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Gold Coast in August: highs in Manly hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cronulla.

Things to do in Manly

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trips

Mosman, Brookvale
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Taronga Zoo ©
Taronga Zoo
Sydney Harbour National Park ©
Sydney Harbour National Park
Shelly Beach ©
Shelly Beach

2
nights
Cronulla

Cronulla ©
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Matthew Flinders and George Bass Monument, get great views at Cape Solander, then get your game on at Monkey Mania, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Pa Buddharangsee. On your second day here, stroll around Oatley Park, look for gifts at Nadine's Coffee Beans, and then hike along Cronulla Beach Walk.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cronulla online holiday planner .

Drive from Manly to Cronulla in 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cronulla

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Campbelltown, Nadine's Coffee Beans, Oatley Park, Cape Solander
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Cronulla Beach Walk ©
Cronulla Beach Walk
Oatley Park ©
Oatley Park
Wat Pa Buddharangsee ©
Wat Pa Buddharangsee

8
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. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Melbourne trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cronulla to Melbourne. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cronulla in August: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 16°C and lows are around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

The Great Ocean Road, Jewish Holocaust Centre
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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