12 days in Brisbane & Phillip Island Itinerary

12 days in Brisbane & Phillip Island Itinerary

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12 days in Brisbane & Phillip Island Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Brisbane
— 7 nights
Drive:  20​h 45​min
2
Cowes
— 3 nights
Drive:  10​h 45​min
End: Sydney

7
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.
Let the collections at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Old Government House capture your imagination. Boggo Road Gaol and Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse will appeal to history buffs. Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to Caloundra Lighthouses (in Kings Beach), Coolangatta (Kirra Beach & Saint Augustine's Catholic Church) and Kings Beach (in Caloundra). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Maroochydore Beach, get your game on at South Bank Parklands, examine the collection at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Catholic Old St. Stephen's Church (chapel).

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip itinerary builder tool .

Sydney to Brisbane is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in April, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Cowes.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Caloundra, Maroochydore Beach, Fingal Head Lighthouse, Caboolture Historical Village
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 15:
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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

3
nights
Cowes

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit and National Vietnam Veterans Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Phillip Island Wildlife Park and Churchill Island. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Koala Conservation Centre, admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Nobbies Centre, make a trip to Amess House, and get in on the family fun at A Maze'N Things.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Cowes trip planner.

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Cowes takes 21 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, Cowes is a bit cooler than Brisbane - with highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C. On the 19th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks

Side Trips

Phillip Island, Newhaven, Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Rhyll Inlet State Wildlife Reserve, The Nobbies Centre
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 19:
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Phillip Island Wildlife Park ©
Phillip Island Wildlife Park
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit ©
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
National Vietnam Veterans Museum ©
National Vietnam Veterans Museum

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