23 days in Gold Coast, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

23 days in Gold Coast, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

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23 days in Gold Coast, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  4​h
1
Gold Coast
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 14 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Auckland

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.
You've now added Wet'n'Wild Gold Coast to your itinerary. Explore Gold Coast's surroundings by going to Brisbane (Mount Coot-tha Lookout, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, & more). Spend the 16th (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park. Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast driving holiday planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Gold Coast is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to Gold Coast is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Auckland in December: highs in Gold Coast hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 22°C. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Melbourne.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Brisbane
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

3
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, explore the galleries of Shrine of Remembrance, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Gold Coast to Melbourne in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in December, expect little chillier with lows of 14°C in Melbourne. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Tours
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

14
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.
Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Katoomba (The Three Sisters, Blue Mountains, & more) and Kissing Point Park (in Putney). On the 4th (Sat), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney online travel route planner .

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Melbourne in December, with lows around 21°C. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Katoomba, Kissing Point Park, Taronga Zoo
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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