11 days in Melbourne & Gold Coast Itinerary

11 days in Melbourne & Gold Coast Itinerary

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11 days in Melbourne & Gold Coast Itinerary

Start: Wellington
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Wellington

4
nights
Melbourne

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, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON Melbourne (Hare Krishna Temple), and get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne trip planner .

Wellington, New Zealand to Melbourne is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Wellington to Melbourne is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Wellington in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Melbourne, with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

3
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.
Step out of Gold Coast to go to Brisbane and see Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. Spend the 17th (Fri) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park. There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, head outdoors with Pelican Feeding, kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach, and enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Observation Deck.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Gold Coast online day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Gold Coast takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Gold Coast: highs are around 27°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Find places to stay May 17 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

3
nights
Melbourne

Dedicate the 20th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Enjoy Melbourne some more: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, take in panoramic vistas at Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, don't miss a visit to Block Arcade, and take in the views from Princes Bridge.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne day trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Melbourne takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in May, things will get a bit cooler in Melbourne: highs are around 20°C and lows about 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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Balloon Rides
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

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