10 days in Gold Coast, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

10 days in Gold Coast, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

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10 days in Gold Coast, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly:  5​h
1
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Adelaide

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.
Explore Gold Coast's surroundings by going to Brisbane (City Botanic Gardens, South Bank Parklands, & more). There's much more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, and get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction.

For ratings and tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip builder .

Adelaide to Gold Coast is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Gold Coast when traveling from Adelaide in December, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Brisbane
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, shopping, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance, don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station, and explore and take pictures at Fitzroy Gardens.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne travel planning tool .

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Melbourne, with lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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