22 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

22 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

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22 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Gold Coast
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Brisbane
— 8 nights
End: Brisbane

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.
Visit Manly Beach and Palm Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nan Tien Temple and Blue Mountains. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba), Wollongong Head Lighthouse (in Wollongong) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

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Brisbane to Sydney is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, Wollongong, Coco Chocolate, Shelly Beach, Day FIne Art
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 14:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

6
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 Kirra Beach and Burleigh Head National Park for some beach relaxation. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Coolangatta Beach and Kurrawa Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Gold Coast: Broken Head Beach (in Broken Head), Lennox Head Beach (in Lennox Head) and Byron Bay (Thomgallery, Spas & Wellness, & more). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Greenmount Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse, browse the fresh offerings at Sanctuary Markets, and kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Gold Coast day trip planning tool .

Fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Byron Bay, Broken Head Beach, Lennox Head Beach, Fingal Beach
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 20:
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Greenmount Beach ©
Greenmount Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

8
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museum of Brisbane and West End. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kings Beach and Bulcock Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Brisbane: Maroochydore (Spas & Wellness & Maroochydore Beach), Scuba & Snorkeling (in Mooloolaba) and Caloundra Lighthouses (in Kings Beach). And it doesn't end there: have some family-friendly fun at South Bank Parklands, admire all the interesting features of Suncorp Stadium, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and enjoy the sand and surf at Dicky Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane online 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. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Caloundra, Maroochydore Beach, Scuba & Snorkeling
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 28:
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Maroochydore Beach ©
Maroochydore Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Bulcock Beach ©
Bulcock Beach

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