18 days in Gold Coast Region, Brisbane Region & Coolum Beach Itinerary

18 days in Gold Coast Region, Brisbane Region & Coolum Beach Itinerary

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18 days in Gold Coast Region, Brisbane Region & Coolum Beach Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Ipswich
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Redcliffe
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Coolum Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Brisbane
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Surfers Paradise Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and David Fleay Wildlife Park. Step out of Gold Coast to go to Fingal Head and see Fingal Head Lighthouse, which is approximately 38 minutes away. Spend the 15th (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park. The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Vincent's Catholic Church, and examine the collection at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip builder website .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Gold Coast is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Gold Coast. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Gold Coast when traveling from Johannesburg in June, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Ipswich.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Fingal Head Lighthouse
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

1
night
Ipswich

Ipswich ©
Ipswich is an urban region in south-east Queensland, Australia, which is located in the south-west of the Brisbane metropolitan area. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): admire the striking features of St Marys Catholic Church, see the interesting displays at The Workshops Rail Museum, then have fun and explore at Ipswich Art Gallery, then learn about all things military at The Soldiers Memorial Hall, and finally learn about all things military at Ipswich RSL Memorial Hall Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Ipswich day trip planner.

Drive from Gold Coast to Ipswich in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Gold Coast in June, plan for little chillier nights in Ipswich, with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Redcliffe.

Things to do in Ipswich

Museums Childrens Museums Shopping
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The Workshops Rail Museum ©
The Workshops Rail Museum
Ipswich Art Gallery ©
Ipswich Art Gallery
The Soldiers Memorial Hall ©
The Soldiers Memorial Hall

4
nights
Redcliffe

Redcliffe ©
Redcliffe is a residential suburb of the Brisbane metropolitan area located within Moreton Bay Region LGA in the east north-east of the Redcliffe peninsula, approximately 28km north-north-east of the Brisbane CBD. Kids will enjoy Australia Zoo and Mooloolaba Beach. Chenrezig Institute and Queensland Air Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Redcliffe's surroundings by going to Buderim (Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage & Pioneer Cottage Buderim), Caloundra Lighthouses (in Kings Beach) and Art on Cairncross (in Maleny). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Kings Beach, make a trip to Woody Point Jetty, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbey Church, and view the masterpieces at Caloundra Regional Art Gallery.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Redcliffe trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Ipswich to Redcliffe in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Ipswich in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 13°C in Redcliffe. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Coolum Beach.

Things to do in Redcliffe

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Caloundra, Buderim, Abbey Church, Australia Zoo, Mooloolaba Beach
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Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach

3
nights
Coolum Beach

Coolum Beach ©
Coolum Beach is a beachside town on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia and is also the beach around which the town is based.HistoryThe name is derived from the local Undumbi word gulum or guloom, meaning "blunt" or "headless", referring to the shape of Mount Coolum, which has no peak.According to Aboriginal legend, Ninderry knocked off Coolum's head and it fell into the ocean and is now Mudjimba Island.The Coolum district was the traditional land of the Inabara or Yinneburra clan of the Undanbi Tribe. Bring the kids along to Sunshine Castle and Nambour & District Historical Museum Assoc. In.. Step out of the city life by going to Marcoola Beach and Mount Coolum. Venture out of the city with trips to Montville (Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith, Montville Art Gallery, & more) and Mapleton Observatory (in Mapleton). There's still lots to do: hike along Buderim Forest Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Ninderry, take in the exciting artwork at Artisans Gallery, and explore the galleries of Tina Cooper Gallery.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Coolum Beach trip planner.

Drive from Redcliffe to Coolum Beach in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Coolum Beach

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Eumundi, Montville, Yandina, Sunshine Castle, Buderim Forest Park
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Marcoola Beach ©
Marcoola Beach
Mount Coolum ©
Mount Coolum

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Wynnum Esplanade and Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel). Get some cultural insight at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre and Opal Museum. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, pause for some serene contemplation at Albert Street Uniting Church, make a trip to Boggo Road Gaol (Jail), and admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane sightseeing planner .

Drive from Coolum Beach to Brisbane in 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. On the 1st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Wynnum Esplanade
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery

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