16 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

16 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

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16 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

Start: George Town, Penang Island
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Brisbane
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: George Town, Penang Island

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Rocks and Art Gallery of New South Wales. Visit Elizabeth Bay House and Olympia Milk Bar for their historical value. Take a break from Sydney with a short trip to Shelly Beach in Manly, about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Manly Beach, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, stroll through Bondi Beach, and examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planner.

George Town, Malaysia to Sydney is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone changes from West Indonesia Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from George Town in December, with highs in Sydney at 32°C and lows at 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

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Shelly Beach
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Surfer's Paradise Beach and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. You'll get in some beach time at Burleigh Heads Beach and Coolangatta Beach. Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Sea World Theme Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, and take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Observation Deck.

Before you visit Gold Coast, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

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. December in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

5
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Kings Beach and Dicky Beach. Get outdoors at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and The Brisbane River. The adventure continues: get your game on at South Bank Parklands, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, kick back and relax at Moffat Beach, and take a memorable drive along Captain Cook Highway.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our 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. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. On the 20th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

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Caloundra
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach

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