12 days in Brisbane, Sunshine Coast & Gold Coast Itinerary

12 days in Brisbane, Sunshine Coast & Gold Coast Itinerary

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12 days in Brisbane, Sunshine Coast & Gold Coast Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Drive:  19​h
1
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Noosa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Drive:  18​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

1
night
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.
To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane itinerary site .

Melbourne to Brisbane is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In October, Brisbane is somewhat warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C. On the 23rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Brisbane

Neighborhoods Shopping
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Queen Street Mall ©
Queen Street Mall

3
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Step off the beaten path and head to Marcoola Beach and Belmondos Organic Market. Shop till you drop at The Original Eumundi Markets and Hastings Street. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Noosa Main Beach, identify plant and animal life at Noosa Botanic Gardens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coolum Beach, and explore the striking landscape of Tewantin National Park.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Noosa trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Noosa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Coolum Beach, The Original Eumundi Markets, Noosa Botanic Gardens, Marcoola Beach
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Marcoola Beach ©
Marcoola Beach
Tewantin National Park ©
Tewantin National Park
Noosa Botanic Gardens ©
Noosa Botanic Gardens

1
night
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Moffat Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Noosa to Brisbane in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. On the 27th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Neighborhoods Shopping Outdoors

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
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Queen Street Mall ©
Queen Street Mall
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Warner Bros. Movie World. We've included these beaches for you: Kirra Beach and Kurrawa Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Miami Marketta and Marina Mirage. Change things up with a short trip to Kayaking & Canoeing in Byron Bay (about 1h 30 min away). Spend the 29th (Mon) exploring nature at Natural Bridge.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast road trip website .

Getting from Beerwah to Gold Coast by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. October in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 18°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Kayaking & Canoeing
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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing
Miami Marketta ©
Miami Marketta

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