8 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Gold Coast Itinerary

8 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Gold Coast Itinerary

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8 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Gold Coast Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Gold Coast
— 1 night
+2
train + foot + Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Los Angeles

1
night
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Paul's Cathedral, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, then learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Melbourne trip planning tool .

Los Angeles, USA to Melbourne is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 18 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Melbourne. In April, Melbourne is a bit cooler than Los Angeles - with highs of 68°F and lows of 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Tours Outdoors
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Balloon Rides
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral
St Paul's Cathedral ©
St Paul's Cathedral

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shelly Beach and Balmoral Beach, Mosman. You'll get in some beach time at Manly Beach and Camp Cove. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, take a stroll through The Rocks, enjoy the sand and surf at Clovelly Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Sydney driving holiday tool .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in April, Sydney is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Shelly Beach, Balmoral Beach, Mosman
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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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 28th (Sun): kick back and relax at Kirra Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coolangatta Beach, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Gold Coast visit website .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Gold Coast takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in April, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

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

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