22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  2​h
1
Gold Coast
— 5 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Gold Coast Hinterland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Maleny
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
5
Caloundra
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Noosa
— 4 nights
Drive:  45​min
7
Mooloolaba
— 3 nights
plane:  5​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

5
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.
Get outdoors at Surfer's Paradise Beach and Coolangatta Beach. Relax by the water at Burleigh Heads Beach and Kurrawa Beach. Pack the 9th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Sea World Theme Park. And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, stop by Miami Marketta, explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Gold Coast holiday builder tool .

Melbourne to Gold Coast is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Gold Coast, with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Gold Coast Hinterland.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Theme Parks, #Outdoors
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Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

1
night
Gold Coast Hinterland

Gold Coast Hinterland ©
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Cedar Creek Falls.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Gold Coast Hinterland travel route planner .

Gold Coast Hinterland is just a short distance from Gold Coast. January in Gold Coast Hinterland sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast Hinterland

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Burleigh Heads
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Cedar Creek Falls ©
Cedar Creek Falls

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Captain Cook Highway. Next up on the itinerary: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, admire the masterpieces at GOMA, admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland, and take some stellar pictures from Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Brisbane online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Gold Coast Hinterland to Brisbane by car takes about an hour. In January in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Maleny.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Fun & Games, #Museums

Side Trip

Captain Cook Highway
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
The Brisbane River
The Brisbane River
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands

2
nights
Maleny

Maleny ©
A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): relax in the rural setting at Maleny Dairies, meet the residents at Australia Zoo, and then get your game on at Big Kart Track. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Gardners Falls, trek along Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, and then take some stellar pictures from Gerrards Lookout.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Maleny planner .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Maleny takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Caloundra.

Things to do in Maleny

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Trails

Side Trips

Australia Zoo, Big Kart Track
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Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve ©
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Gardners Falls ©
Gardners Falls

2
nights
Caloundra

Caloundra ©
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bulcock Beach, and then kick back and relax at Kings Beach. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Moffat Beach and then kick back and relax at Dicky Beach.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Caloundra itinerary site .

You can drive from Maleny to Caloundra in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Caloundra sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Caloundra

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Bulcock Beach ©
Bulcock Beach
Spas & Wellness

4
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Noosa Main Beach and Lake Escapades. Escape the urban bustle at Noosa National Park and Phippsy's Smooth Water Charters. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Peregian Beach, get great views at Laguna Lookout, explore the striking landscape of Tewantin National Park, and contemplate the waterfront views at Noosa River.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Noosa journey maker site .

Getting from Caloundra to Noosa by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Noosa

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trip

Lake Escapades
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Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park
Lake Escapades ©
Lake Escapades

3
nights
Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba ©
Once just a small port at the mouth of Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba is now a hotbed of tourism and a place more than worth adding to your Sunshine Coast itinerary.
You'll get in some beach time at Mooloolaba Beach and Marcoola Beach. Family-friendly places like Maroochydore Beach and Mount Coolum will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: cool off at Sea Life Sunshine Coast, stroll through Buderim Forest Park, don't miss a visit to HMAS Brisbane, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Mooloolaba trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Noosa to Mooloolaba by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. January in Mooloolaba sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Maroochydore Beach, Mount Coolum, Buderim Forest Park, Marcoola Beach
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Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Sea Life Sunshine Coast ©
Sea Life Sunshine Coast

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