18 days in Brisbane, Gold Coast & Sydney Itinerary

18 days in Brisbane, Gold Coast & Sydney Itinerary

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18 days in Brisbane, Gold Coast & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Gold Coast
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Vancouver

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kings Beach and Museum of Brisbane. Escape the urban bustle at Maroochydore Beach and Bulcock Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Brisbane: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Mooloolaba) and Montville (Kondalilla Falls & Montville Art Gallery). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach, see the interesting displays at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, and admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane online day trip planner .

Vancouver, Canada to Brisbane is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 18 hours traveling from Vancouver to Brisbane. Traveling from Vancouver in November, things will get much warmer in Brisbane: highs are around 31°C and lows about 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Caloundra, Montville, Scuba & Snorkeling, Maroochydore Beach
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 29:
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Bulcock Beach ©
Bulcock Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Maroochydore Beach ©
Maroochydore Beach

5
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 Burleigh Head National Park and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Let the collections at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Jules Hunt Studio Gallery capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gold Coast: Byron Bay (Belongil Beach & The Farm Byron Bay), Broken Head Beach (in Broken Head) and Lennox Head Beach (in Lennox Head). Spend the 2nd (Sun) exploring nature at Natural Bridge. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, stroll through Kurrawa Beach, examine the collection at Surf World Gold Coast, and take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Climb.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast tour planner .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Byron Bay, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Broken Head Beach, Lennox Head Beach
Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 4:
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Greenmount Beach ©
Greenmount Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame and Kiama Blowhole. Australian National Maritime Museum and Justice & Police Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge), Werri Beach (in Gerringong) and Katoomba (Wentworth Falls & The Giant Stairway). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip itinerary tool .

Fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Kiama Blowhole, Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 10:
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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