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:  28​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.
You'll get in some beach time at Kings Beach and Dicky Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Brisbane: Point Cartwright (in Mooloolaba), Spas & Wellness (in Caloundra) and Buderim Forest Park (in Buderim). Spend the 15th (Tue) exploring nature at Glass House Mountains National Park. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, stop by Noosa Chocolate Factory, admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland, and get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Brisbane trip 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. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Belfast in October: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 29°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Caloundra, Maleny, Glass House Mountains National Park, Buderim Forest 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 Heads Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore Gold Coast's surroundings by going to Whian Whian State Conservation Area (in Whian Whian) and O'Reillys Birds of Prey (in Lamington National Park). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Sea World Theme Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, and tee off at Surfers Paradise Golf Club.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Gold Coast vacation planner.

Getting from Brisbane to Gold Coast by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) 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.
The Rocks and Sydney Opera House are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Bondi Beach and Newport Beach for some beach relaxation. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can 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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