22 days in Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

22 days in Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

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22 days in Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Gold Coast
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Noosa
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Maleny
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Brisbane
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

6
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.
Relax by the water at Surfer's Paradise Beach and Coolangatta Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Burleigh Heads Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. And it doesn't end there: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea World Theme Park, get in on the family fun at Sling Shot & Vomatron Amusement Rides Gold Coast, enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach, and cool off at Dreamworld.

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Gold Coast itinerary builder app .

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, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Gold Coast, with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Noosa.

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

5
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
We've included these beaches for you: Noosa Main Beach and Marcoola Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Noosa National Park and Peregian Beach. Go for a jaunt from Noosa to Coolum Beach to see Mount Coolum about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Noosa River, take some stellar pictures from Laguna Lookout, stop by Belmondos Organic Market, and wander the streets of Hastings Street.

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Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Noosa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Maleny.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lake Escapades, Marcoola Beach, Mount Coolum
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Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park
Marcoola Beach ©
Marcoola Beach

5
nights
Maleny

Maleny ©
A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Australia Zoo and Kings Beach. Get in touch with nature at Mooloolaba Beach and Dicky Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Maleny: Nambour (Podie Pie & Dulong Lookout ( Kanyana Park )), Sea Life Sunshine Coast (in Mooloolaba) and Caloundra (Moffat Beach & Bulcock Beach). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Maroochydore Beach, take some stellar pictures from McCarthy's Lookout, and admire the sheer force of Kondalilla Falls.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Maleny trip planner .

You can drive from Noosa to Maleny in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Maleny can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Maleny

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Caloundra, Nambour, Mooloolaba, Australia Zoo, Maroochydore Beach
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Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach

5
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.
Get outdoors at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and The Brisbane River. Next up on the itinerary: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, cruise along Captain Cook Highway, get great views at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and snap pictures at Story Bridge.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip maker site .

Getting from Maleny to Brisbane by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife

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

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