10 days in Sunshine Coast, Brisbane & Gold Coast Region Itinerary

10 days in Sunshine Coast, Brisbane & Gold Coast Region Itinerary

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10 days in Sunshine Coast, Brisbane & Gold Coast Region Itinerary

Start: Kuching
Fly:  17​h
1
Maleny
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
3
Mooloolaba
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Kuching

1
day
Maleny

Maleny ©
A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
On the 21st (Tue), admire the natural beauty at Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World, get to know the resident critters at Australia Zoo, and then get great views at McCarthy's Lookout.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Maleny driving holiday planning app .

Kuching, Malaysia to Maleny is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuching to Maleny is 2 hours. When traveling from Kuching in May, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Maleny: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Maleny

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trip

Australia Zoo
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Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo
Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World ©
McCarthy's Lookout ©
McCarthy's Lookout

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hunt for treasures at The Original Eumundi Markets, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Noosa Main Beach, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Hastings Street.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Noosa holiday builder app .

You can drive from Maleny to Noosa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

The Original Eumundi Markets
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
The Original Eumundi Markets ©
The Original Eumundi Markets

1
night
Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba ©
Once just a small port at the mouth of Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba is now a hotbed of tourism and a place more than worth adding to your Sunshine Coast itinerary.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): have some family-friendly fun at SunJet Simulations, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mooloolaba Beach, and then make a splash at Sea Life Sunshine Coast.

Before you visit Mooloolaba, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Noosa to Mooloolaba in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daytime highs in Mooloolaba are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Sea Life Sunshine Coast ©
Sea Life Sunshine Coast

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland and then let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and then find something for the whole family at Wheel of Brisbane.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mooloolaba to Brisbane takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
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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

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Surfers Paradise Beach, and then find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Gold Coast tour itinerary maker website .

Getting from Brisbane to Gold Coast by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

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

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