13 days in Sunshine Coast, Brisbane & Gold Coast Itinerary

13 days in Sunshine Coast, Brisbane & Gold Coast Itinerary

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13 days in Sunshine Coast, Brisbane & Gold Coast Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  6​h 30​min
1
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Maleny
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Adelaide

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Marcoola Beach and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Weyba. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Kin Kin East Steve Weis Gallery, get engrossed in the history at Gympie Gold Mining and Historical Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Noosa Botanic Gardens, explore the striking landscape of Tewantin National Park, then catch some excitement at Noosa Horses, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Double Island Point Lighthouse.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Noosa vacation planning website .

Adelaide to Noosa is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Maleny.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Gympie, Lake Escapades, Noosa Horses, Noosa Botanic Gardens, Double Island Point Lighthouse
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Marcoola Beach ©
Marcoola Beach
Tewantin National Park ©
Tewantin National Park
Noosa Botanic Gardens ©
Noosa Botanic Gardens

3
nights
Maleny

Maleny ©
A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
Old Church Gallery Moore and Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Caboolture Historical Village and Buderim Forest Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Maleny: Glass House Mountains National Park (in Glass House Mountains), Caboolture (TAVAS Aviation Museum & Centenary Lakes) and Spas & Wellness (in Maroochydore). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chenrezig Institute, take some stellar pictures from McCarthy's Lookout, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gardners Falls, and take in the awesome beauty at Glass House Mountains National Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Maleny day trip planning website .

You can drive from Noosa to Maleny in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in February, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Maleny

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Caboolture, Glass House Mountains, Buderim Forest Park, Glass House Mountains National Park, Chenrezig Institute
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Buderim Forest Park ©
Buderim Forest Park
Glass House Mountains National Park ©
Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology ©

3
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Catholic Old St. Stephen's Church (chapel) and St. John's Anglican Cathedral. You'll explore and learn at The Workshops Rail Museum and Queensland Maritime Museum. There's much more to do: wander the streets of West End, contemplate the long history of Fort Lytton National Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Shorncliffe Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Brisbane road trip planning tool .

Getting from Maleny to Brisbane by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Caloundra, The Workshops Rail Museum
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Workshops Rail Museum ©
The Workshops Rail Museum

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Lennox Head Beach and Kirra Beach. Get in touch with nature at Burleigh Head National Park and Kayaking & Canoeing. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gold Coast: Fingal Head Lighthouse (in Fingal Head), Byron Bay (Belongil Beach & Stand-Up Paddleboarding) and Bexhill Open Air Cathedral (in Bexhill). Spend the 23rd (Sat) exploring nature at Springbrook National Park. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Natural Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Kurrawa Beach, enjoy the sea views from Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse, and view the masterpieces at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In February, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Byron Bay, Lennox Head Beach, Bexhill Open Air Cathedral, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Fingal Head Lighthouse
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Lennox Head Beach ©
Lennox Head Beach

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