24 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Gold Coast Itinerary

24 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Gold Coast Itinerary

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24 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Gold Coast Itinerary

Start: Calgary
Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
Sydney
— 11 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Gold Coast
— 7 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  21​h
End: Calgary

11
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Shark Island. Venture out of the city with trips to Bilpin Cider Company (in Bilpin) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). The adventure continues: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, and trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney road trip planner.

Calgary, Canada to Sydney is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Calgary to Sydney is 17 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Calgary in July, with highs in Sydney at 21°C and lows at 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bilpin Cider Company, Shelly Beach
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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.
Relax by the water at Mooloolaba Beach and Maroochydore Beach. Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to SunJet Simulations (in Mooloolaba) and Australia Zoo (in Beerwah). And it doesn't end there: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and get your game on at Zoccer Sports - Bubble Soccer.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane driving holiday planner.

Getting from Sydney to Brisbane by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In July in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Maroochydore Beach, Australia Zoo
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Maroochydore Beach ©
Maroochydore Beach

7
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.
Relax by the water at Surfers Paradise Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Gold Coast side-trips: Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah) and Cape Byron Lighthouse (in Byron Bay). Spend the 26th (Fri) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park. There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Observation Deck, get to know the resident critters at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Gold Coast road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Cape Byron Lighthouse
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

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