22 days in Brisbane, Gold Coast & Sydney Itinerary

22 days in Brisbane, Gold Coast & Sydney Itinerary

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22 days in Brisbane, Gold Coast & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Belfast
Fly:  27​h
1
Brisbane
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Gold Coast
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly + bus:  27​h
End: Belfast

6
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Kings Beach and Moffat Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Point Cartwright (in Mooloolaba), Spas & Wellness (in Caloundra) and Buderim Forest Park (in Buderim). Spend the 18th (Fri) exploring nature at Glass House Mountains National Park. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, stop by Noosa Chocolate Factory, have some family-friendly fun at South Bank Parklands, and take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane online vacation planner .

Belfast, UK to Brisbane is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 10 hours. Traveling from Belfast in January, things will get much hotter in Brisbane: highs are around 34°C and lows about 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Caloundra, Maleny, Buderim Forest Park, Glass House Mountains National Park, Point Cartwright
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky 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.
Visit Surfer's Paradise Beach and Burleigh Head National Park for some beach relaxation. Explore Gold Coast's surroundings by going to O'Reillys Birds of Prey (in Lamington National Park) and Whian Whian State Conservation Area (in Whian Whian). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach, get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, look for all kinds of wild species at Coombabah Lake Nature Reserve, and enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Observation Deck.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Gold Coast online tour planner .

Drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks

Side Trips

O'Reillys Birds of Prey, Whian Whian State Conservation Area
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

7
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Rocks and Art Gallery of New South Wales. You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Newport Beach. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Gold Coast to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. January in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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