18 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Gold Coast Itinerary

18 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Gold Coast Itinerary

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18 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Gold Coast Itinerary

Start: Cardiff
Train + Fly:  26​h
1
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Gold Coast
— 5 nights
+3
Train + Foot + Fly + Train:  31​h
End: Cardiff

5
nights
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, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, get interesting insight from Tours, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Melbourne trip maker app .

Cardiff, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Cardiff to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cardiff in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Melbourne: highs are around 23°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Tours
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

5
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, beaches, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney road trip planner .

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Melbourne in April, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
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Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gold Coast: Brisbane (Psychic Readings Twin Featherz, South Bank Parklands, & more). There's still lots to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park, take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Observation Deck, tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach, and find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Gold Coast day trip planning app .

You can fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Brisbane
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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