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
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Brisbane
— 1 night
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.
On the 21st (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Natural Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): browse the different shops at Robina Town Shopping Centre, then enjoy the sand and surf at Greenmount Beach, then pause for some photo ops at Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse, and finally explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Gold Coast travel planner.

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, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Caloundra.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches
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Natural Bridge ©
Natural Bridge
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Greenmount Beach ©
Greenmount Beach

3
nights
Caloundra

Caloundra ©
Visit Maroochydore Beach and Kings Beach for some beach relaxation. Popular historic sites such as Sunshine Castle and Caloundra Lighthouses are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Caloundra: Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve (in Maleny) and Mount Coolum (in Coolum Beach).

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Caloundra trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Caloundra takes 2 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Caloundra

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Sunshine Castle, Maroochydore Beach, Mount Coolum, Scuba & Snorkeling, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
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Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve ©
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): shop like a local with Queen Street Mall, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catholic Old St. Stephen's Church (chapel), and then steep yourself in history at Boggo Road Gaol.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Caloundra to Brisbane in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Neighborhoods, #Shopping, #Historic Sites
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Queen Street Mall ©
Queen Street Mall
Boggo Road Gaol ©
Boggo Road Gaol

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