59 days in Coolum Beach & Melbourne Itinerary

59 days in Coolum Beach & Melbourne Itinerary

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59 days in Coolum Beach & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Drive:  2​h 15​min
1
Coolum Beach
— 27 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Melbourne
— 30 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Brisbane

27
nights
Coolum Beach

Coolum Beach ©
Coolum Beach is a beachside town on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia and is also the beach around which the town is based.HistoryThe name is derived from the local Undumbi word gulum or guloom, meaning "blunt" or "headless", referring to the shape of Mount Coolum, which has no peak.According to Aboriginal legend, Ninderry knocked off Coolum's head and it fell into the ocean and is now Mudjimba Island.The Coolum district was the traditional land of the Inabara or Yinneburra clan of the Undanbi Tribe. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kings Beach and Kondalilla Falls. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Coolum Beach: Rainbow Beach (Carlo Sand Blow, Searys Creek, & more), Double Island Point Lighthouse (in Cooloola National Park) and Maleny (Maleny Dairies, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, & more). Pack the 15th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Aussie World. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, explore the striking landscape at Mount Coolum, appreciate the history behind Bee Gees Way, and enjoy the sand and surf at Peregian Beach.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Coolum Beach road trip website .

Brisbane to Coolum Beach is an approximately 2-hour car ride. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Coolum Beach

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Caloundra, Montville, Noosa, Eumundi, Noosaville
Find places to stay Dec 7 — Jan 3:
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Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Carlo Sand Blow ©
Carlo Sand Blow
Scuba & Snorkeling

30
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Eastern Beach Reserve and Yarra River. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery (in Yarra Glen), Blue Lotus Water Garden (in Yarra Junction) and Ballarat (Kryal Castle, Ballarat Wildlife Park, & more). Spend the 11th (Fri) exploring nature at Point Nepean National Park. Dedicate the 23rd (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Melbourne Zoo, and explore and take pictures at Rod Laver Arena.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne trip builder app .

Explore your travel options from Coolum Beach to Melbourne with the Route module. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Melbourne when traveling from Coolum Beach in January, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Tours

Side Trips

Torquay, Ballarat, Daylesford, Sorrento, Geelong
Find places to stay Jan 3 — Feb 3:
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park

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