12 days in Gold Coast, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

12 days in Gold Coast, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

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12 days in Gold Coast, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Singapore

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, then find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction, and then stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast online driving holiday planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Gold Coast is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Time (SGT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Singapore in December; daily highs in Gold Coast reach 32°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

City Botanic Gardens
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

4
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.
Bring the kids along to Bondi Beach and Australian National Maritime Museum. There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, take a stroll through The Rocks, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and get curious at Powerhouse Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sydney route planner.

You can fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to 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 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Melbourne Zoo and Eureka Skydeck. Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee) and The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station, enjoy breathtaking views from Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne day trip app .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Sydney in December since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Werribee Open Range Zoo, The Great Ocean Road
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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