36 days in Melbourne, Alice Springs & Gold Coast Itinerary

36 days in Melbourne, Alice Springs & Gold Coast Itinerary

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36 days in Melbourne, Alice Springs & Gold Coast Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  25​h
1
Melbourne
— 12 nights
2
Alice Springs
— 11 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  7​h
3
Gold Coast
— 8 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  28​h
End: London

12
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get in touch with nature at Eastern Beach Reserve and Ballarat Wildlife Park. Explore hidden gems such as Bells Beach and Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: Ocean Beach (in Nelson), Point Lonsdale Lighthouse (in Point Lonsdale) and 13th Beach (in Barwon Heads). Spend the 14th (Mon) exploring nature at Point Nepean National Park. Spend the 17th (Thu) exploring nature at Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Maru Koala and Animal Park, explore the historical opulence of Kryal Castle, kick back and relax at Somers Beach, and get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne attractions planning app .

London, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Melbourne. In January, Melbourne is much hotter than London - with highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Yea, Ballarat, Ocean Beach, Eastern Beach Reserve, Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park

11
nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Alice Springs Reptile Centre and Trephina Gorge Nature Park. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve and Arltunga Historical Reserve. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Alice Springs: West MacDonnell National Park (Glen Helen Gorge, Ormiston Gorge, & more). Spend the 25th (Fri) exploring nature at Owen Springs Reserve. Spend the 31st (Thu) exploring nature at Finke Gorge National Park. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, get great views at Anzac Hill, appreciate the views at Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Gillen.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Alice Springs trip planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Alice Springs in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, Alice Springs is somewhat warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 41°C and lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

West MacDonnell National Park, Red Centre
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Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre
The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Burleigh Head National Park and Kirra Beach. Popular historic sites such as Bexhill Open Air Cathedral and Fingal Head Lighthouse are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Broken Head Beach (in Broken Head), Byron Bay (Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Tallow Beach, & more) and Lennox Head Beach (in Lennox Head). Spend the 4th (Mon) exploring nature at Natural Bridge. Spend the 6th (Wed) exploring nature at Springbrook National Park. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Climb, take a memorable tour with Tours, and stroll through Greenmount Beach.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Alice Springs to Gold Coast in 7 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. While traveling from Alice Springs, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Gold Coast, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Byron Bay, Broken Head Beach, Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Caves, Fingal Head Lighthouse, Lennox Head Beach
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Natural Bridge ©
Natural Bridge

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