24 days in Gold Coast, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

24 days in Gold Coast, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

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24 days in Gold Coast, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  7​h
1
Gold Coast
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 14 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Auckland

5
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Sea World Theme Park and Warner Bros. Movie World. The adventure continues: stroll through Surfers Paradise Beach, get in on the family fun at Dreamworld, identify plant and animal life at David Fleay Wildlife Park, and explore the world behind art at Watling Fine Art Galleries & Burleigh Framing.

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Auckland, New Zealand to Gold Coast is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to Gold Coast is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Auckland in December, expect nights in Gold Coast to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Dreamworld ©
Dreamworld

3
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Melbourne Zoo and Old Melbourne Gaol. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, have some family-friendly fun at Zero Latency, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne route builder website .

You can fly from Gold Coast to Melbourne in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Melbourne, with lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Parks Outdoors
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Balloon Rides
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

14
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.
Family-friendly places like Bondi Beach and Australian National Maritime Museum will thrill your kids. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Katoomba (Blue Mountains, Wentworth Falls, & more), Shelly Beach (in Manly) and The National Pass (in Blue Mountains National Park). There's lots more to do: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, catch some excitement at Virtual Room Sydney - Virtual Reality Sydney Adventure, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip builder app .

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sydney, with lows of 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Katoomba, Shelly Beach, Wentworth Falls, The National Pass, Taronga Zoo
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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