8 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Queensland Itinerary

8 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Queensland Itinerary

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8 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Queensland Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  6​h
3
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+4
bus + taxi + Fly + foot + bus:  10​h
4
Noosa
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Auckland

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night
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 11th (Thu): wander the streets of Darling Harbour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, then catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, and finally take a stroll through The Rocks.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary planner .

Auckland, New Zealand to Sydney is an approximately 7-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Auckland to Sydney. When traveling from Auckland in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Sydney, with highs around 21°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Parks Outdoors
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo and then take a stroll through Melbourne Central.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Melbourne trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in July, expect Melbourne to be a bit cooler, temps between 15°C and 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Neighborhoods
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central

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Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
On the 14th (Sun), kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Airlie Beach trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Melbourne to Airlie Beach in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in July, expect nights in Airlie Beach to be much warmer, around 20°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

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Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
On the 16th (Tue), look for gifts at The Real McCaul, browse the eclectic array of goods at The Original Eumundi Markets, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Noosa Main Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Noosa trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Noosa takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Noosa

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Eumundi
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The Original Eumundi Markets ©
The Original Eumundi Markets
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
The Real McCaul ©
The Real McCaul

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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 17th (Wed), kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park. On the next day, browse the different shops at Robina Town Shopping Centre and then buy something for everyone on your list at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Noosa to Gold Coast in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

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

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