22 days in Gold Coast, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

22 days in Gold Coast, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

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Sydney
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Gold Coast — 5 nights

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Sea World Theme Park and Dreamworld. Explore Gold Coast's surroundings by going to Brisbane (Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane, &more). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, catch some excitement at Infinity Attraction, get to know the resident critters at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, and play a few rounds at Surfers Paradise Golf Club.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Gold Coast trip planner.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Gold Coast is an approximately 21-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Riyadh to Gold Coast due to the time zone difference. In November in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Sydney.
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Sydney — 8 nights

The Harbour City

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.
Bring the kids along to Sydney Opera House and Darling Harbour. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Katoomba (The Giant Stairway, The Three Sisters, &more), Leura Post Office (in Leura) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). Spend the 5th (Mon) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's much more to do: trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk, observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and wander the streets of The Rocks.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Sydney day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Sydney takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Sydney are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Melbourne.
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Melbourne — 7 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Bring the kids along to Werribee Open Range Zoo and Melbourne Zoo. Change things up with a short trip to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay (about 1h 35 min away). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance, and examine the collection at Melbourne Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip builder tool.

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Sydney in December since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 14°C. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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