21 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Gold Coast Itinerary

21 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Gold Coast Itinerary

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21 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Gold Coast Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Melbourne
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Gold Coast
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Perth

7
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
For shopping fun, head to Melbourne Central or Bourke Street Mall. Step out of the city life by going to Melbourne Zoo and Melbourne Boat Hire. Go for a jaunt from Melbourne to Werribee to see Werribee Open Range Zoo about 42 minutes away. Dedicate the 18th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, browse the eclectic array of goods at South Melbourne Market, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and shop like a local with Degraves Street.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne holiday maker .

Perth to Melbourne is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Melbourne is 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Perth in December, with highs in Melbourne at 30°C and lows at 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Tours Shopping

Side Trips

St. Kilda Beach, Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Balloon Rides
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Manly Beach and The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk. Shop till you drop at Sydney Fish Market and Opal Minded. Step out of Sydney with an excursion to Shelly Beach in Manly--about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, and don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney travel route planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Melbourne in December, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Surfer's Paradise Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach. Shop till you drop at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and Marina Mirage. Change things up with these side-trips from Gold Coast: Dicky Beach (in Caloundra) and Glow Worm Caves (in North Tamborine). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach, buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Shopping Centre, get in on the family fun at Sea World Theme Park, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Gold Coast trip maker website .

Fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Dicky Beach, Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Caves
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach

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