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Melbourne to Gold Coast drive

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 Wagga Wagga
 Port Macquarie
 Coffs Harbour
2 travelers   /   driving   /   3 days


Melbourne to Gold Coast road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Melbourne to Gold Coast. If you're planning a road trip to Gold Coast, you can research locations to stop along the way. 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 Melbourne
drive for about 2 hours

12:13 pm  Benalla
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:13 pm
drive for about 3 hours

4:02 pm  Wagga Wagga
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:02 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

7:28 pm  Bungendore
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 7.5 hours

 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Bungendore
drive for about 2.5 hours

12:26 pm  Katoomba
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:26 pm
drive for about 5 hours

6:21 pm  Port Macquarie
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 7.5 hours

 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from Port Macquarie
drive for about 2 hours

12:10 pm  Coffs Harbour
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:10 pm
drive for about 3 hours

4:11 pm  Nimbin
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:11 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

6:53 pm  arrive in Gold Coast

day 3 driving ≈ 7 hours

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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Melbourne, Victoria.

You can enter an exact street address if you want to get precise directions, but this is optional.

How many cars do we need?

Since there are only 2 travelers, we assume you're driving 1 car. You can adjust the number of people traveling at the top. We assume a maximum of 4 passengers per car, but you can change the number of cars to fit your situation.

Where should I stop along the way?


Wagga Wagga


Katoomba  (11 answers)
    Blue Mountains National Park  (6 mentions)
    Three Sisters  (4 mentions)

Port Macquarie  (5 answers)

Coffs Harbour  (7 answers)

Nimbin  (2 answers)

Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Gold Coast, Queensland.

You can enter the exact street address of your destination, but this is optional.

What are some things to do in Gold Coast?

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

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 Gold Coast. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  becky from Australia asked:
What are fun things to do with a family on Australia's Gold Coast?  (3 answers)

profile  Melissa from asked:
Favorites hikes and activities along the Gold Coast  (1 answer)

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

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 Gold Coast to Melbourne 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 Melbourne to Gold Coast. Or get a full Melbourne to Gold Coast 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 Melbourne well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Melbourne!

At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,064 miles
driving time of 17 hours, 50 minutes
Gold Coast is the same time as Melbourne
86 Melbourne travel answers
1 Benalla travel answer
1 Bungendore travel answer
11 Katoomba travel answers
5 Port Macquarie travel answers
7 Coffs Harbour travel answers
2 Nimbin travel answers
48 Gold Coast travel answers


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