13 days in Brisbane, Gold Coast & Sydney Itinerary

13 days in Brisbane, Gold Coast & Sydney Itinerary

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13 days in Brisbane, Gold Coast & Sydney Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  25​h
1
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: London

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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary will get you outdoors. Visit Kings Beach and Moffat Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Maleny (Maleny Dairies & Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve). There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Suncorp Stadium, get in on the family fun at Wheel of Brisbane, and take in the waterfront at Eagle Street Pier.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane itinerary planning tool .

London, UK to Brisbane is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Brisbane is 10 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from London in January; daily highs in Brisbane reach 34°C and lows reach 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Maleny, Caloundra, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve ©
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
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'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Coolangatta Beach and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Escape the urban bustle at Burleigh Head National Park and Natural Bridge. Go for a jaunt from Gold Coast to Duranbah to see Tropical Fruit World about 44 minutes away. There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Gold Coast road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tropical Fruit World, Stand-Up Paddleboarding
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shelly Beach and Manly Scenic Walkway. Visit Manly Beach and Clovelly for some beach relaxation. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, and take in panoramic vistas at Sydney Tower Eye and Skywalk.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney sightseeing tool .

Getting from Gold Coast to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. January in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. On the 19th (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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