8 days in Greater Melbourne, Greater Sydney & Gold Coast Region Itinerary

8 days in Greater Melbourne, Greater Sydney & Gold Coast Region Itinerary

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8 days in Greater Melbourne, Greater Sydney & Gold Coast Region Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  19​h 45​min
1
St Kilda
— 1 day
+2
Fly + train + ferry:  4​h 15​min
2
Manly
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + train + Fly:  4​h
3
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Los Angeles

1
day
St Kilda

St Kilda ©
St Kilda is an inner suburb (neighbourhood) of the metropolitan area of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 6 km south-east of Melbourne's Central Business District. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St John's Anglican Church, then admire the natural beauty at Rippon Lea Estate, then kick back and relax at Brighton Beach, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Williamstown Uniting Church.

For reviews and tourist information, refer to the St Kilda trip itinerary planner .

Los Angeles, USA to St Kilda is an approximately 20-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 18 hours traveling from Los Angeles to St Kilda. In April, St Kilda is a bit cooler than Los Angeles - with highs of 68°F and lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Manly.

Things to do in St Kilda

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

St John's Anglican Church, Williamstown Uniting Church, Rippon Lea Estate, Brighton Beach
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Brighton Beach ©
Brighton Beach
Rippon Lea Estate ©
Rippon Lea Estate
St John's Anglican Church ©
St John's Anglican Church

2
nights
Manly

Manly ©
Located 11 km (7 mi) across the harbor from Sydney, a holiday in Manly combines quiet neighborhood charm and coastal attractions, all the while placing you within easy access to the big city.
On the 24th (Wed), stroll through Balmoral Beach, Mosman, then visit a coastal fixture at Barrenjoey Lighthouse, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Beach. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Manly Quarantine Station, contemplate the long history of Vaucluse House, and then look for all kinds of wild species at North Head Sanctuary.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Manly holiday planning app .

Do a combination of flight and ferry from St Kilda to Manly in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Manly when traveling from St Kilda in April, with lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Manly

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Palm Beach, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Vaucluse House
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Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Palm Beach ©
Palm Beach
North Head Sanctuary ©
North Head Sanctuary

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Burleigh Head National Park and Kurrawa Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Kirra Beach and Greenmount Beach. Spend the 26th (Fri) exploring nature at Natural Bridge. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sea views from Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Vincent's Catholic Church.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Manly to Gold Coast takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 62°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Greenmount Beach ©
Greenmount Beach

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