30 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Johannesburg Itinerary

30 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Johannesburg Itinerary

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30 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Johannesburg Itinerary

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Sydney, Australia
— 11 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Gold Coast, Australia
— 9 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
3
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 8 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Cape Town, South Africa

11
nights
Sydney, Australia

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.
Family-friendly places like Bondi Beach and Manly Beach will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Leura (Sublime Point Lookout & Everglades Historic House and Gardens), Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba) and Gallery Blackheath (in Blackheath). The adventure continues: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, get curious at Powerhouse Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Chinese Garden of Friendship.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Sydney online trip itinerary planner .

Cape Town, South Africa to Sydney is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Cape Town to Sydney. In December, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Leura, Shelly Beach, Long Reef Point, Gallery Blackheath, Kissing Point Park
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

9
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.
Kids will enjoy Sea World Theme Park and Australia Zoo. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gold Coast: Caloundra Regional Art Gallery (in Caloundra), Brisbane (Eagle Street Pier, South Bank Parklands, & more) and Watersports Guru (in Kingscliff). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, make a splash at Dreamworld, look for all kinds of wild species at David Fleay Wildlife Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Gold Coast tour planning tool .

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. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. On the 5th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Brisbane, Watersports Guru, Caloundra Regional Art Gallery, Australia Zoo
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World

8
nights
Johannesburg, South Africa

Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
Get out of town with these interesting Johannesburg side-trips: Sterkfontein Cave (in Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site), Pretoria (Voortrekker Monument & Union Buildings) and Ukutula Conservation Center (in Brits). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, ponder the world of politics at Constitution Hill, try to win big at Gold Reef City, and contemplate the long history of Mandela House.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Johannesburg sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Gold Coast to Johannesburg in 17.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Gold Coast to Johannesburg due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Gold Coast in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Johannesburg, with lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Wildlife Tours Fun & Games

Side Trips

Pretoria, Sandton, Hartbeespoort Dam - Snake and Animal Park, The Cradle of Humankind, Ukutula Conservation Center
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum

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