32 days in Gold Coast, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

32 days in Gold Coast, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

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32 days in Gold Coast, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Manchester
+2
Fly + foot + train:  28​h
1
Gold Coast
— 8 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 8 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 12 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Manchester

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.
Visit Surfers Paradise Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Dicky Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Brisbane (South Bank Parklands, Opal Museum, & more), Moffat Beach (in Caloundra) and Cape Byron Lighthouse (in Byron Bay). Spend the 6th (Tue) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park. There's still lots to do: get to know the resident critters at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, explore the world behind art at Watling Fine Art Galleries & Burleigh Framing, enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, and get outside with Pelican Feeding.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast tour itinerary planner .

Manchester, UK to Gold Coast is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Manchester to Gold Coast, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manchester in October, expect Gold Coast to be a bit warmer, temps between 29°C and 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Brisbane, Caloundra, Cape Byron Lighthouse
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

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.
Get outdoors at Bondi Beach and Wentworth Falls. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Manly Beach and Clovelly Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Coachwood Glen Nature Trail (in Megalong Valley) and The National Pass (in Blue Mountains National Park). Spend the 17th (Sat) exploring nature at Bradleys Head Trail. Spend the 19th (Mon) exploring nature at Berowra Valley National Park. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of The Rocks, see a show at Sydney Opera House, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Sydney day trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Sydney are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, Wentworth Falls, The National Pass, Berowra Valley National Park
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

12
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Take a break from the city and head to The Great Ocean Road and Melbourne Zoo. Melbourne Museum and Old Melbourne Gaol are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Melbourne to go to Werribee and see Werribee Open Range Zoo, which is approximately 42 minutes away. Spend the 28th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Dedicate the 29th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: take in the local highlights with Royal Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at National Sports Museum, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and don't miss a visit to Shrine of Remembrance.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne vacation planning app .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in October, expect Melbourne to be slightly colder, temps between 24°C and 9°C. On the 31st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Werribee Open Range Zoo, St. Kilda Beach, The Great Ocean Road
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Balloon Rides
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

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