5 days in Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast & Byron Bay Itinerary

5 days in Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast & Byron Bay Itinerary

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5 days in Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast & Byron Bay Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Mooloolaba
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
2
Noosa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Gold Coast
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
4
Byron Bay
— Few hours
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Sydney

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Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba ©
Once just a small port at the mouth of Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba is now a hotbed of tourism and a place more than worth adding to your Sunshine Coast itinerary.
On the 13th (Wed), take in the awesome beauty at Mount Ninderry, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Mooloolaba attractions tool .

Sydney to Mooloolaba is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Mount Ninderry
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Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mount Ninderry ©
Mount Ninderry

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Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Noosa trip planner .

You can drive from Mooloolaba to Noosa in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Noosa

Nature Parks
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park

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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): stroll through Surfers Paradise Beach, then identify plant and animal life at David Fleay Wildlife Park, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park. On the next day, get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Noosa to Gold Coast takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
David Fleay Wildlife Park ©
David Fleay Wildlife Park
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

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Byron Bay

Byron Bay ©
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse.

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You can take a bus from Gold Coast to Byron Bay in an hour. Another option is to drive. In November, daytime highs in Byron Bay are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Historic Sites
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Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse

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