24 days in Australia Itinerary

24 days in Australia Itinerary

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24 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Brisbane
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Maleny
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Tamborine Mountain
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Gold Coast Hinterland
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
5
Gold Coast
— 12 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

6
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Dicky Beach and Moffat Beach. Get outdoors at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and The Brisbane River. There's lots more to do: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, take in the views from Story Bridge, explore and take pictures at Suncorp Stadium, and appreciate the history behind Anzac Square.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane road trip planning website .

Melbourne to Brisbane is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Melbourne in January since evenings lows in Brisbane dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Maleny.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Caloundra
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
The Brisbane River
The Brisbane River
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands

1
day
Maleny

Maleny ©
A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mooloolaba Beach as well as Australia Zoo. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): meet the residents at Australia Zoo and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mooloolaba Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Maleny trip planner .

You can drive from Brisbane to Maleny in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Tamborine Mountain.

Things to do in Maleny

Outdoors Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Australia Zoo, Mooloolaba Beach
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Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

2
nights
Tamborine Mountain

Tamborine Mountain ©
On the 15th (Tue), learn about winemaking at Witches Falls Winery, take in nature's colorful creations at Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens, and then learn about winemaking at Castle Glen Cellars. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Bunjurgen Estate Vineyard and then do a tasting at Kooroomba Vineyards and Lavender Farm.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tamborine Mountain travel planner.

Drive from Maleny to Tamborine Mountain in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Gold Coast Hinterland.

Things to do in Tamborine Mountain

Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Bunjurgen Estate Vineyard, Kooroomba Vineyards and Lavender Farm
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Kooroomba Vineyards and Lavender Farm ©
Bunjurgen Estate Vineyard ©
Bunjurgen Estate Vineyard
Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens ©

3
nights
Gold Coast Hinterland

Gold Coast Hinterland ©
Visiting Glow Worm Caves and Lamington National Park will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Gold Coast Hinterland to North Tamborine to see Witches Chase Cheese about 30 minutes away.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Gold Coast Hinterland holiday maker .

Traveling by car from Tamborine Mountain to Gold Coast Hinterland takes an hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. On the 19th (Sat), you're off toGold Coast.

Things to do in Gold Coast Hinterland

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trips

North Tamborine, Lamington National Park
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Lamington National Park ©
Lamington National Park
Glow Worm Caves ©
Glow Worm Caves
Witches Chase Cheese ©
Witches Chase Cheese

12
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 Burleigh Heads Beach. Get in touch with nature at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and Burleigh Head National Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gold Coast: Tropical Fruit World (in Duranbah), Cook Island Aquatic Reserve (in Fingal Head) and Byron Bay (Cape Byron Lighthouse & Cape Byron Walking Track). Pack the 24th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Sea World Theme Park. Pack the 20th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Dreamworld. There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, stroll through Miami Beach, buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Shopping Centre, and make a splash at The Rockpools.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Gold Coast online road trip planner .

Gold Coast is just a short distance from Gold Coast Hinterland. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Byron Bay, Broken Head Beach, Cook Island Aquatic Reserve, Tropical Fruit World, Chris Cunningham Park
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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

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