32 days in New South Wales, Gold Coast & Melbourne Itinerary

32 days in New South Wales, Gold Coast & Melbourne Itinerary

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32 days in New South Wales, Gold Coast & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Ahmedabad
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Sydney
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Katoomba
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Newcastle
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  4​h 15​min
5
Gold Coast
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
6
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Melbourne
— 7 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Ahmedabad

7
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Art Gallery of New South Wales and Justice & Police Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Rocks and Darling Harbour. Spend the 31st (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Hawthorne Canal Reserve, let the kids burn off some steam at Cremorne Reserve, and stroll through Bondi Beach.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Sydney online vacation planner .

Ahmedabad, India to Sydney is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) is 4 hours. Traveling from Ahmedabad in May, things will get colder in Sydney: highs are around 24°C and lows about 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

3
nights
Katoomba

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Get a sense of the local culture at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum and Lost Bear Gallery. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Glenbrook Rotary Farmers Markets and Blue Mountains Chocolate Company. There's lots more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Pulpit Rock Lookout, stroll through The National Pass, hike along Prince Henry Cliff Walk, and stop by Rick Rutherford's Country.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Katoomba trip website .

You can drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sydney in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Katoomba, with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Newcastle.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Leura, Blue Mountains National Park, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Glenbrook Rotary Farmers Markets, Logan Brae Orchard
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
The National Pass ©
The National Pass

3
nights
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): take in the waterfront at Nobbys Head, then enjoy the sea views from Norah Head Lighthouse, then look for all kinds of wild species at Munmorah State Conservation Area, and finally go for a walk through Newcastle Memorial Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Tomaree Head and then kick back and relax at Zenith Beach.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Newcastle trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Katoomba to Newcastle takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Newcastle sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Newcastle

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Shoal Bay, Munmorah State Conservation Area, Norah Head Lighthouse
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Tomaree Head ©
Tomaree Head
Norah Head Lighthouse ©
Norah Head Lighthouse
Zenith Beach ©
Zenith Beach

2
nights
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital and then enjoy the sea views from Tacking Point Lighthouse. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a peaceful walk through Saltwater National Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Macquarie trip planner .

Traveling by car from Newcastle to Port Macquarie takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Newcastle in June, expect nights in Port Macquarie to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Saltwater National Park
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Tacking Point Lighthouse ©
Tacking Point Lighthouse

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and The Oasis Shopping Centre. Get outdoors at Burleigh Head National Park and Coolangatta Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gold Coast: Glow Worm Caves (in North Tamborine) and Cook Island Aquatic Reserve (in Fingal Head). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at David Fleay Wildlife Park, find something for the whole family at Sling Shot & Vomatron Amusement Rides Gold Coast, get some fabulous bargains at Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre, and look for gifts at Miami Marketta.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Port Macquarie to Gold Coast. Traveling from Port Macquarie in June, expect nights in Gold Coast to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cook Island Aquatic Reserve, Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Caves
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

3
nights
Byron Bay

Byron Bay ©
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): stroll through Broken Head Beach, hike along Cape Byron Walking Track, and then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Lennox Head Beach and then look for all kinds of wild species at Whian Whian State Conservation Area.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Byron Bay travel route builder site .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Byron Bay takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Gold Coast in June, expect little chillier with lows of 10°C in Byron Bay. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Broken Head Beach, Lennox Head Beach, Whian Whian State Conservation Area
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Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Whian Whian State Conservation Area ©

7
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Head to Melbourne Central and Degraves Streetfor plenty of shopping. Get some historical perspective at Shrine of Remembrance and St Paul's Cathedral. Spend the 20th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, identify plant and animal life at Warrandyte State Park, look for gifts at Lightning Ridge Opal Mines, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Byron Bay to Melbourne by combination of bus and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Byron Bay in June; daily highs in Melbourne reach 16°C and lows reach 6°C. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping Wildlife Neighborhoods
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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