12 days in Brisbane, Gold Coast & Sydney Itinerary

12 days in Brisbane, Gold Coast & Sydney Itinerary

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12 days in Brisbane, Gold Coast & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  16​h
1
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Los Angeles

2
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, and contemplate the waterfront views at The Brisbane River.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip maker app .

Los Angeles, USA to Brisbane is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of tram and flight. You'll lose 18 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Brisbane due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, expect Brisbane to be somewhat warmer, temps between 82°F and 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Fun & Games, #Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 3:
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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.
Gold Coast is known for theme parks, beaches, shopping, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get in on the family fun at Sea World Theme Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach, make a splash at Dreamworld, and buy something for everyone on your list at Marina Mirage.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Gold Coast online trip builder .

Drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Theme Parks, #Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 6:
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World ©
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach

4
nights
Sydney

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of The Rocks, enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney itinerary planner .

Getting from Gold Coast to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December in Sydney, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden
Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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