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Gold Coast to Melbourne road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Gold Coast to Melbourne. If you're planning a road trip to Melbourne, you can research locations to stop along the way. Make sure you check road conditions to double check the weather. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

10:00 am  start in Gold Coast
drive for about 3.5 hours

1:36 pm  Coffs Harbour
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:36 pm
drive for about 3 hours

5:27 pm  Forster
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 6.5 hours
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 Day 2

9:00 am  leave from Forster
drive for about 3.5 hours

12:34 pm  Sydney
eat at Cafe Sydney
stay for about 4 hours
and leave at 4:34 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

6:04 pm  Jenolan Caves
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 7:04 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

9:27 pm  Canberra
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 7.5 hours

 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from Canberra
drive for about 3 hours

12:45 pm  Wagga Wagga
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:45 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

4:22 pm  Benalla
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:22 pm
drive for about 2 hours

7:36 pm  arrive in Melbourne
eat at The Lui Bar

day 3 driving ≈ 7.5 hours

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Gold Coast to Melbourne questions

profile  Rachael asked:
Driving from Gold Coast to Melbourne  (0 answers)

profile  Jay asked:
Help me plan my trip  (0 answers)

Where should I stop along the way?

Coffs Harbour  (7 answers)

Forster  (2 answers)

Sydney  (163 answers)
    Sydney Opera House  (34 mentions)
    Sydney Harbour  (23 mentions)
    The Rocks  (22 mentions)
    Taronga Zoo  (21 mentions)
    Circular Quay  (20 mentions)
    restaurants around Sydney:
        Cafe Sydney
        Opera Bar
        MoVida Sydney
        The Glenmore Hotel
        Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
    questions about Sydney:
        Should I rent a car in Sydney or is the transit good enough to get around?
        What is the best/most lively place to stay in Sydney?
        What do I need to know about Aussie culture?
        What's the best place to see a kangaroo in or around Sydney?
        What is your favorite restaurant in Sydney?

Jenolan Caves  (5 mentions)

Canberra  (24 answers)
    questions about Canberra:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Canberra?
        Good but reasonable B & Bs near Canberra for large family?
        Accommodations for student in Canberra

Wagga Wagga  (4 answers)

Benalla  (3 answers)

Where's the best place to eat in Melbourne?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest The Lui Bar, which was mentioned 3 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

The Boatbuilders Yard  (3 mentions)
Vue de monde  (2 mentions)
Vegie Bar  (2 mentions)
Naked For Satan  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Melbourne? Click the blue button below.

What are some things to do in Melbourne?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

Queen Victoria Market  (6 mentions)
Fitzroy Gardens  (6 mentions)
St Kilda Beach  (5 mentions)
Chapel St  (5 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about Melbourne. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in Melbourne?  (15 answers)

profile  Madeleine from Melbourne asked:
What are the coolest bars in Melbourne at the moment?  (11 answers)

profile  Drew from Ojai asked:
Outdoorsy activities to do in Melbourne?  (9 answers)

profile  Tandy from Miami asked:
What are the best wineries in or near Melbourne?  (7 answers)

profile  Juliana from Las Vegas asked:
Best tea and coffee spots in Melbourne?  (6 answers)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to Melbourne.

Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Melbourne to Gold Coast drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Gold Coast to Melbourne. Or get a full Gold Coast to Melbourne flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend.

And if you know Gold Coast well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Gold Coast!

At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,064 miles
driving time of 17 hours, 50 minutes
Melbourne is the same time as Gold Coast
52 Gold Coast travel answers
7 Coffs Harbour travel answers
2 Forster travel answers
163 Sydney travel answers
24 Canberra travel answers
4 Wagga Wagga travel answers
3 Benalla travel answers
93 Melbourne travel answers


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