8 days in Melbourne, Gold Coast & New South Wales Itinerary

8 days in Melbourne, Gold Coast & New South Wales Itinerary

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Melbourne

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): soar above the sights with a balloon tour, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Melbourne Zoo, and then explore and take pictures at Fitzroy Gardens.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip builder app.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Melbourne is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Jakarta to Melbourne is 3 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Jakarta in December: highs in Melbourne hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums

Gold Coast

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach. Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, tour the pleasant surroundings at Surfers Paradise Beach, and then get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Gold Coast takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 22°C in Gold Coast. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Theme Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Sydney

— 3 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.
Family-friendly places like Bondi to Coogee Walk and Royal Botanic Garden Sydney will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, steep yourself in history at Chinese Garden of Friendship, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney itinerary builder.

You can fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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New South Wales travel guide

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Beaches · Theaters · Hiking Trails
New South Wales boasts stunning snow-capped mountains, sandy beaches, and prosperous cities, including its capital, Sydney. Interior forests and highlands contrast with the coastal plains and oceanside landscape. Foodies on holiday in New South Wales can revel in the country's economic heartland, where vineyards flourish and farmer's markets bring an abundance of local produce to the table. Base yourself in Sydney, a glamorous spot from which to explore, and then head to the beaches to swim and surf.