13 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

13 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

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13 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

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

5
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Rocks Markets and Belle Fleur Fine Chocolates. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bouddi National Park and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Venture out of the city with trips to Coachwood Glen Nature Trail (in Megalong Valley), Munmorah State Conservation Area (in Lake Munmorah) and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours (in Katoomba). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pulpit Rock Lookout, and get a taste of the local shopping with Queen Victoria Building (QVB).

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Sydney trip planner .

If you are flying in from India, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. In May in Sydney, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Bouddi National Park, Munmorah State Conservation Area, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, Pulpit Rock Lookout
Find places to stay May 12 — 17:
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Art Gallery of New South Wales ©
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Munmorah State Conservation Area ©
Munmorah State Conservation Area

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at New Govardhana Australia. On your second day here, appreciate the history behind Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse, enjoy the sea views from Fingal Head Lighthouse, and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Gold Coast trip builder site .

You can fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. On the 20th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Fingal Head Lighthouse, New Govardhana Australia, Cape Byron Lighthouse
Find places to stay May 17 — 20:
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New Govardhana Australia ©
New Govardhana Australia
Fingal Head Lighthouse ©
Fingal Head Lighthouse

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.
Popular historic sites such as Wolston Farmhouse and Catholic Old St. Stephen's Church (chapel) are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve and Fudgyboombahs. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, steep yourself in history at Boggo Road Gaol, and explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Brisbane takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Fudgyboombahs, Wolston Farmhouse
Find places to stay May 20 — 24:
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve ©
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Wolston Farmhouse ©
Wolston Farmhouse

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