9 days in Australia Itinerary

9 days in Australia Itinerary

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9 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
+2
Fly + foot + train:  22​h 30​min
1
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Canberra
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Minneapolis

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.
On the 21st (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Kurrawa Beach, stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Head National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri): take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Climb, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coolangatta Beach, and then kick back and relax at Kirra Beach.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Gold Coast driving holiday planning site .

Minneapolis, USA to Gold Coast is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 16 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Minneapolis in May; daily highs in Gold Coast reach 74°F and lows reach 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate The Rocks and Sydney Harbour Circle Walk. Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk, listen to music at Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap Park.

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Getting from Gold Coast to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In May in Sydney, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk ©
Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk

2
nights
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, steep yourself in history at Lanyon Homestead, then get a sense of history and politics at High Court of Australia, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary and then get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial.

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Getting from Sydney to Canberra by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In May, Canberra is slightly colder than Sydney - with highs of 62°F and lows of 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Canberra

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trip

Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary
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Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve ©
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
Lanyon Homestead ©
Lanyon Homestead
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial

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