8 days in Rainbow Beach, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

8 days in Rainbow Beach, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

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8 days in Rainbow Beach, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  32​h
1
Rainbow Beach
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  10​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Balikpapan

1
day
Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach ©
Rainbow Beach is a coastal town in the Wide Bay–Burnett region of Queensland, Australia, east of Gympie. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Barnacles Dolphin Centre, then explore the activities along Searys Creek, then take in the dramatic natural features at Carlo Sand Blow, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Poona Lake.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Rainbow Beach vacation builder app .

New York City, USA to Rainbow Beach is an approximately 32-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 15 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Rainbow Beach

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Barnacles Dolphin Centre
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Carlo Sand Blow ©
Carlo Sand Blow
Poona Lake ©
Poona Lake
Barnacles Dolphin Centre ©
Barnacles Dolphin Centre

1
night
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 21st (Tue), explore the galleries of Shrine of Remembrance and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Melbourne route planning website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Rainbow Beach to Melbourne. January in Melbourne sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, then look for gifts at DUX Collection Sydney, and finally take a stroll through The Rocks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Darling Harbour and then catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip app .

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 January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
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Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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