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: Sao Paulo
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Sydney
— 10 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  5​h
3
Gold Coast
— 8 nights
Fly:  30​h
End: Sao Paulo

10
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.
Visit Bronte Beach and Terrigal Beach for some beach relaxation. Discover out-of-the-way places like Balmoral Beach, Mosman and Sublime Point Lookout. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Ocean Beach (in Umina Beach), Macmasters Beach (in Macmasters Beach) and Govetts Leap (in Blackheath). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Palm Beach, make a trip to Leura Cascades, wander the streets of King Street, and hike along Prince Henry Cliff Walk.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney road trip planning app .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Sydney is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sao Paulo to Sydney is 13 hours. October in Sydney sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Leura, Katoomba, Manly, Bilpin, Bronte Beach
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Bronte Beach ©
Bronte Beach
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Terrigal Beach ©
Terrigal Beach

2
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): admire all the interesting features of Go-Kart Racing Track, then explore the galleries of Hamilton Island Art Gallery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hamilton Island trip planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Hamilton Island in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Traveling from Sydney in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 25°C in Hamilton Island. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Go-Kart Racing Track ©
Go-Kart Racing Track
Hamilton Island Art Gallery ©
Hamilton Island Art Gallery

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Greenmount Beach and Kirra Beach. Visit Lennox Head Beach and Tugun Beach for some beach relaxation. Get out of town with these interesting Gold Coast side-trips: Caloundra (Dicky Beach & Moffat Beach), Byron Bay (Belongil Beach & Wategos Beach) and Tamborine Mountain Distillery (in Tamborine Mountain). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, visit a coastal fixture at Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse, identify plant and animal life at Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens, and sample the fine beverages at Beenleigh Artisan Distillery.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip planner.

Getting from Hamilton Island to Gold Coast by combination of flight and train takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Hamilton Island in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Gold Coast, with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Byron Bay, Caloundra, Opal Museum, Lighthouse Beach, Broken Head Nature Reserve
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Greenmount Beach ©
Greenmount Beach

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