14 days in Brisbane, Gold Coast & Sydney Itinerary

14 days in Brisbane, Gold Coast & Sydney Itinerary

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14 days in Brisbane, Gold Coast & Sydney Itinerary

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

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chenrezig Institute and Queensland Art Gallery. Get in touch with nature at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Kedron Brook Bikeway. Venture out of the city with trips to Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith (in Montville), Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage (in Buderim) and Caloundra Lighthouses (in Kings Beach). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Mary's Anglican Church Kangaroo Point, see the interesting displays at Mapleton Observatory, and explore the world behind art at Gallery of Modern Art.

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Cairns to Brisbane is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Cairns in July; daily highs in Brisbane reach 24°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chenrezig Institute, Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, Caloundra Lighthouses, Mooloolaba Beach, Mapleton Observatory
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 13:
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Chenrezig Institute ©
Chenrezig Institute

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.
On the next day, enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse, visit a coastal fixture at Fingal Head Lighthouse, then identify plant and animal life at David Fleay Wildlife Park, and finally kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Gold Coast day trip tool .

You can drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. On the 16th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Fingal Head Lighthouse, Tropical Fruit World, Whian Whian State Conservation Area, Cape Byron Lighthouse
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 16:
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David Fleay Wildlife Park ©
David Fleay Wildlife Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

6
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Rocks and St Thomas Becket Church. Visiting Bondi Beach and Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Katoomba (Katoomba Cascades & Wentworth Falls), Coachwood Glen Nature Trail (in Megalong Valley) and Pulpit Rock Lookout (in Blue Mountains National Park). The adventure continues: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, identify plant and animal life at Tambourine Bay Reserve and Warraroon Reserve Walk, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planner .

You can fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Katoomba, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, Pulpit Rock Lookout
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 22:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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