15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Darwin
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
Gold Coast
— 9 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Darwin

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Dicky Beach, then see the interesting displays at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, and finally admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane trip app .

Darwin to Brisbane is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Darwin in January: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 34°C and lows are around 25°C. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Caloundra
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Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach

9
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've now added Wet 'n' Wild Water World to your itinerary. Shop till you drop at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cape Byron Lighthouse and Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise. Pack the 10th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Sea World Theme Park. There's still lots to do: stroll through Surfer's Paradise Beach, browse the different shops at Marina Mirage, look for gifts at Miami Marketta, and find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Gold Coast trip maker website .

Getting from Brisbane to Gold Coast by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 24°C. You'll set off for Brisbane on the 18th (Fri).

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Cape Byron Lighthouse, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World

4
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
GOMA and Old Government House will appeal to museum buffs. Head to Art on Cairncross and Maroochydore, Sunshine Plazafor plenty of shopping. Change things up with these side-trips from Brisbane: Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage (in Buderim), Queensland Air Museum (in Caloundra) and Mooloolaba Beach (in Mooloolaba). Enjoy Brisbane some more: have fun at South Bank Parklands, buy something for everyone on your list at Kawana Shoppingworld, look for gifts at Opals Down Under, and identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane itinerary planner.

You can drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Art on Cairncross, Kawana Shoppingworld, Opals Down Under, Queensland Air Museum, Maroochydore, Sunshine Plaza
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Gallery of Modern Art ©
Gallery of Modern Art

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