6 days in Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

6 days in Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

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6 days in Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Caloundra
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Sydney


1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): get in on the family fun at Sea World Theme Park and then find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, then enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach, and then get in on the family fun at Sling Shot & Vomatron Amusement Rides Gold Coast.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Gold Coast online trip itinerary builder .

Sydney to Gold Coast is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Caloundra.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World ©
Warner Bros. Movie World

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nights
Caloundra

Caloundra ©
On the 23rd (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Australia Zoo, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kings Beach, and then stop by MaisyMoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, then take a tour of HMAS Brisbane, then cool off at Sea Life Sunshine Coast, and finally kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Caloundra trip planner .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Caloundra in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Caloundra, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Caloundra

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Australia Zoo, Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage
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Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Sea Life Sunshine Coast ©
Sea Life Sunshine Coast

2
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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.
On the 25th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland and then have fun at South Bank Parklands.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Brisbane trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Caloundra to Brisbane in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Brisbane are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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