10 days in Gold Coast, Brisbane & Sunshine Coast Itinerary

10 days in Gold Coast, Brisbane & Sunshine Coast Itinerary

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10 days in Gold Coast, Brisbane & Sunshine Coast Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Maleny
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Noosa
— 1 night
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): find something for the whole family at Sea World Theme Park and then browse the different shops at Marina Mirage. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, stroll through Surfer's Paradise Beach, and then get in on the family fun at Sling Shot & Vomatron Amusement Rides Gold Coast.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast road trip app .

Melbourne to Gold Coast is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in September: high temperatures in Gold Coast hover around 27°C and lows are around 15°C. On the 24th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like State Library Of Queensland and Anzac Square. Next up on the itinerary: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, tour the pleasant surroundings at New Farm Park, and get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Brisbane trip builder website .

Drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Maleny.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Museums
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

1
night
Maleny

Maleny ©
A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mapleton Falls National Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Maleny trip planner .

You can drive from Brisbane to Maleny in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. September in Maleny sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Maleny

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Mapleton Falls National Park
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Mapleton Falls National Park ©
Mapleton Falls National Park

1
night
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
On the 29th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park and then take some stellar pictures from Laguna Lookout.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Noosa trip itinerary maker website .

Drive from Maleny to Noosa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Noosa

Nature Parks
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Laguna Lookout ©
Laguna Lookout

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