16 days in Brisbane Region & Sydney Itinerary

16 days in Brisbane Region & Sydney Itinerary

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16 days in Brisbane Region & Sydney Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
subway + Fly:  18​h 15​min
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Lamington National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
Macleay Island
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
North Stradbroke Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
Bribie Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Queensland Art Gallery and Dicky Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Boggo Road Gaol and Catholic Old St. Stephen's Church (chapel). Go for a jaunt from Brisbane to Wellington Point to see King Island about 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take a stroll through West End, and shop like a local with Queen Street Mall.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Brisbane vacation maker site .

San Francisco, USA to Brisbane is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of subway and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 18 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from San Francisco in April, with highs in Brisbane at 78°F and lows at 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Lamington National Park.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Neighborhoods, #Outdoors

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Dicky Beach, King Island
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery
King Island ©
King Island

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Lamington National Park

Lamington National Park ©
The Lamington National Park is a national park, lying on the Lamington Plateau of the McPherson Range on the Queensland/New South Wales border in Australia. On the 3rd (Fri), take in the exciting artwork at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, then enjoy the sea views from Fingal Head Lighthouse, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, and finally kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach. On the next day, get outside with Hastings Point Headland and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Coolangatta Beach.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Lamington National Park trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Brisbane to Lamington National Park in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in May, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Macleay Island.

Things to do in Lamington National Park

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Burleigh Heads, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Hastings Point Headland, Coolangatta Beach, Fingal Head Lighthouse
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Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

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Macleay Island

Macleay Island ©
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Dalpura Beach, then explore the galleries of Kara-Mia's Mosaics, and then view the masterpieces at Macleay Island Art Complex.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Macleay Island trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Lamington National Park to Macleay Island takes 4 hours. In May in Macleay Island, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to North Stradbroke Island.

Things to do in Macleay Island

#Museums, #Outdoors, #Parks
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Macleay Island Art Complex ©
Macleay Island Art Complex

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North Stradbroke Island

North Stradbroke Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Frenchman's Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Brown Lake, then identify plant and animal life at Myora Springs Conservation Area, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Dunwich Cemetery, and finally kick back and relax at Cylinder Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum and then enjoy the sand and surf at Amity Point Beach.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the North Stradbroke Island online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Macleay Island to North Stradbroke Island takes 4.5 hours. May in North Stradbroke Island sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Bribie Island.

Things to do in North Stradbroke Island

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Brown Lake ©
Brown Lake
Frenchman's Beach ©
Frenchman's Beach

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Bribie Island

Bribie Island ©
Get outdoors at Woorim Beach and Bribie Island Golf Club. Step off the beaten path and head to Bribie Island Seaside Museum and Banksia Beach.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Bribie Island trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from North Stradbroke Island to Bribie Island takes 4.5 hours. In May in Bribie Island, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Bribie Island

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Bribie Island Golf Club ©
Bribie Island Golf Club
Bribie Island Seaside Museum ©
Bribie Island Seaside Museum
Col Fisher Park ©
Col Fisher Park

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Sydney

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Take a break from the city and head to Bondi Beach and The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Australian National Maritime Museum and The Rocks. Spend the 11th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, make a trip to Sydney Harbour Bridge, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Sydney trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bribie Island to Sydney. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in May, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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