5 days in Brisbane & Sunshine Coast Itinerary

5 days in Brisbane & Sunshine Coast Itinerary

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5 days in Brisbane & Sunshine Coast Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Mooloolaba
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

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.
Get some cultural insight at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre and GOMA. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery, enjoy some diversion at South Bank Parklands, and take a stroll through West End.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane trip itinerary maker site .

Melbourne to Brisbane is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Brisbane when traveling from Melbourne in December, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Museums Fun & Games
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): view the masterpieces at Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, then step into the grandiose world of Sunshine Castle, then enjoy the sand and surf at Noosa Main Beach, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Hastings Street. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Kings Beach and then kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Mooloolaba tour planner.

Drive from Brisbane to Mooloolaba in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Noosa, Sunshine Castle, Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, Kings Beach
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Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach

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