15 days in Gold Coast, Brisbane & Sunshine Coast Itinerary

15 days in Gold Coast, Brisbane & Sunshine Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Queensland trip planner

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Gold Coast
— 3 nights
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Brisbane
— 4 nights
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Maleny
— 2 nights
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Noosa
— 5 nights
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Gold Coast

— 3 nights
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.
Explore Gold Coast's surroundings by going to Byron Bay (Cape Byron Walking Track & Cape Byron Lighthouse). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Sea World Theme Park, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip itinerary website.

Christchurch, New Zealand to Gold Coast is an approximately 7-hour flight. Traveling from Christchurch to Gold Coast, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Christchurch in August, with highs in Gold Coast at 25°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Outdoors

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Brisbane

— 4 nights

Australia's New World City

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Brisbane Whale Watching in Redcliffe (about 46 minutes away). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout, walk around Roma Street Parkland, and admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Brisbane journey site.

You can drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Maleny.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

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Maleny

— 2 nights
A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
On the 16th (Tue), take in nature's colorful creations at Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World, relax in the rural setting at Maleny Dairies, and then see the interesting displays at Mapleton Observatory. On your second day here, hike along Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Australia Zoo.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Maleny trip builder.

Getting from Brisbane to Maleny by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Maleny

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Trails · Wildlife

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Noosa

— 5 nights
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Noosa: Mooloolaba (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Point Cartwright, &more) and Seaview Art Gallery (in Caloundra). Spend the 18th (Thu) exploring nature at Noosa National Park. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Noosa Main Beach, browse the eclectic array of goods at The Original Eumundi Markets, hike along Mount Cooroora, and relax and rejuvenate at Essential Bodywork.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Noosa online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Maleny to Noosa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

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Sunshine Coast travel guide

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Beaches · Zoos · Gardens
Beaches, sun-drenched streets, and a relaxed ambience are the defining elements of Sunshine Coast, a region just north of Brisbane. Having grown rapidly in the 1960s and 1970s, Sunshine Coast became a popular destination for surfers in particular and has now grown into a well-managed city focused on "green" economic development.