18 days in Melbourne, Queenstown & Gold Coast Itinerary

18 days in Melbourne, Queenstown & Gold Coast Itinerary

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18 days in Melbourne, Queenstown & Gold Coast Itinerary

Start: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Melbourne, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Gold Coast, Australia
— 4 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

4
nights
Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Melbourne Museum and Art Gallery of Ballarat. Step out of the city life by going to Royal Botanic Gardens and Ballarat Wildlife Park. There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, see the interesting displays at National Sports Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St Paul's Cathedral.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip builder app .

London, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Melbourne. In July, Melbourne is slightly colder than London - with highs of 15°C and lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ballarat
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 26:
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park
Art Gallery of Ballarat ©
Art Gallery of Ballarat

6
nights
Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Remarkables Ski Area and Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Arrowtown Chinese Settlement and Stoneridge Estate & Bald Hills Cellar Door. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Queenstown: Milford sound Hwy (in Milford Sound), Snow Farm (in Wanaka) and Te Anau (Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) & The Chasm Walk). Spend the 27th (Sat) on the water with a fishing tour. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, steep yourself in history at Fallen Soldiers Memorial, trek along Lake Gunn, and explore the galleries of Queenstown Arts Centre.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Queenstown in 6 hours. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Queenstown due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Arrowtown, Milford sound Hwy, Snow Farm NZ, The Chasm Walk, Lake Gunn
Find places to stay Jul 26 — Aug 2:
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The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area
Milford sound Hwy ©
Milford sound Hwy
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk

4
nights
Gold Coast, Australia

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.
Get some cultural insight at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Cape Byron Lighthouse. Step off the beaten path and head to Kirra Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Get out of town with these interesting Gold Coast side-trips: New Govardhana Australia (in Eungella) and Byron Bay (Truly Tea & Belongil Beach). Spend the 2nd (Fri) exploring nature at Natural Bridge. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Burleigh Head National Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Surfcity Church, enjoy the sand and surf at Kurrawa Beach, and enjoy the sea views from Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Queenstown to Gold Coast by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Queenstown to Gold Coast, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Byron Bay, New Govardhana Australia, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 6:
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Natural Bridge ©
Natural Bridge
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

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