22 days in Sydney, Hamilton Island & Gold Coast Itinerary

22 days in Sydney, Hamilton Island & Gold Coast Itinerary

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22 days in Sydney, Hamilton Island & Gold Coast Itinerary

Start: Doha
Fly:  17​h
1
Sydney
— 8 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Hamilton Island
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  5​h
3
Gold Coast
— 6 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Doha

8
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba), Coachwood Glen Nature Trail (in Megalong Valley) and Lincoln's Rock (in Blue Mountains National Park). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through The Rocks, look for all kinds of wild species at North Head Sanctuary, kick back and relax at Clovelly Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Sydney travel route planner.

Doha, Qatar to Sydney is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Arabia Standard Time (AST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Doha in June, things will get colder in Sydney: highs are around 21°C and lows about 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Manly, Wentworth Falls, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, Lincoln's Rock
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

5
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Jetryder. There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Whitsunday Islands National Park, play a few rounds at Hamilton Island Golf Club, explore and take pictures at Go-Kart Racing Track, and go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hamilton Island visit planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Hamilton Island takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. In June, Hamilton Island is somewhat warmer than Sydney - with highs of 26°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks Outdoors Fun & Games

Side Trip

Whitsunday Islands National Park
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club

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.
Relax by the water at Surfers Paradise Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Les Rodgers Memorial Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Brisbane (City Botanic Gardens & Mount Coot-tha Lookout). There's lots more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park, head outdoors with Pelican Feeding, meet the residents at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Gold Coast visit website .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Hamilton Island to Gold Coast takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Hamilton Island in June, plan for little chillier nights in Gold Coast, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trip

Brisbane
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

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