26 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Gold Coast Itinerary

26 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Gold Coast Itinerary

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Melbourne
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Gold Coast
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Melbourne — 8 nights

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 Sovereign Hill and Koala Conservation Centre. Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to Wildlife Coast Cruises (in Cowes) and Ballarat Botanical Gardens (in Ballarat). On the 7th (Fri), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Kilda Beach, walk around Fitzroy Gardens, get engrossed in the history at Jewish Holocaust Centre, and examine the collection at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia.

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Jakarta, Indonesia to Melbourne is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone changes from Western Indonesia Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. In October, Melbourne is much colder than Jakarta - with highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Sydney.
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Sydney — 4 nights

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.
Attractions like Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach.

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Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in October, things will get a bit warmer in Sydney: highs are around 28°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to fly to Gold Coast.
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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.
Family-friendly places like Sea World Theme Park and Warner Bros. Movie World will thrill your kids. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 22nd (Sat) at Dreamworld. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the resident critters at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, catch some excitement at Infinity Attraction, enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Surfers Paradise Beach.

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Fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to fly to Melbourne.
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Melbourne — 8 nights

Attractions like Royal Botanic Gardens and The Great Ocean Road make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: Koala Conservation Centre (in Cowes), The Nobbies Centre (in Summerlands) and Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee). On the 30th (Sun), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. Explore Melbourne further: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, stroll through St. Kilda Beach, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

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Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Gold Coast in October, expect Melbourne to be a bit cooler, temps between 24°C and 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.
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