12 days in Brisbane, Gold Coast & Sydney Itinerary

12 days in Brisbane, Gold Coast & Sydney Itinerary

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12 days in Brisbane, Gold Coast & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  4​h
1
Brisbane
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Gold Coast
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
End: Auckland

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes City Botanic Gardens as well as Queen Street Mall. There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and have some family-friendly fun at South Bank Parklands.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip builder app .

Auckland, New Zealand to Brisbane is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Auckland to Brisbane due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Auckland in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Brisbane: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 11°C at night. On the 11th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Queen Street Mall ©
Queen Street Mall
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands

5
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.
You've added The Wax Museum, Warner Bros. Movie World, Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets, and other attractions to your itinerary. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach, examine the collection at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise, and browse the different shops at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip planning app .

You can drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. On the 17th (Wed), you'll travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Pacific Fair Shopping Centre ©
Pacific Fair Shopping Centre

2
nights
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.
On the 17th (Wed), hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market and then enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Queen Victoria Building (QVB), view the masterpieces at The Art Of Dr Suess Gallery, then kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and finally wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planning tool .

Fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Sydney are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. You will leave for home on the 19th (Fri).

Things to do in Sydney

Shopping Neighborhoods Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

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