41 days in Gold Coast, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

41 days in Gold Coast, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

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41 days in Gold Coast, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Seattle
+2
Fly + foot + train:  20​h
1
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 14 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 23 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Bangkok

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Augustine's Catholic Church and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kirra Beach. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Natural Bridge.

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Seattle, USA to Gold Coast is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 18 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Seattle in October, with highs in Gold Coast at 29°C and lows at 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Saint Augustine's Catholic Church ©
Saint Augustine's Catholic Church

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Rocks and Darling Harbour. Museum-lovers will get to explore Australian National Maritime Museum and Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge), Artemis Wines (in Mittagong) and Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum (in Valley Heights). Next up on the itinerary: see a show at Sydney Opera House, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney day trip site .

Fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. October in Sydney sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Katoomba, Manly, Wollongong, Blackheath, Lincoln's Rock
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

23
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Art Gallery of Ballarat and Sovereign Hill are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Shrine of Remembrance and Old Melbourne Gaol. Venture out of the city with trips to Daylesford (The Mill Markets, Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens, & more), Geelong (St Mary of the Angels & Eastern Beach Reserve) and Ballarat (Ballarat Wildlife Park & Lake Wendouree). Spend the 22nd (Fri) exploring nature at Point Addis Marine National Park. Dedicate the 20th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, take an in-depth tour of Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, and cruise along The Great Ocean Road.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip builder .

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Melbourne, with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Ballarat, Daylesford, Cowes, Geelong, Torquay
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Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit ©
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
Hanging Rock Reserve ©
Hanging Rock Reserve

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