53 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

53 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

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53 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

Start: Calgary
Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
Sydney
— 15 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Gold Coast
— 18 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Brisbane
— 17 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Calgary

15
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nan Tien Temple and St. Mary's Cathedral. We've included these beaches for you: Terrigal Beach and Palm Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Kiama Blowhole (in Kiama), Mittagong (Marist Wines, Tertini Wines, & more) and Wollongong Head Lighthouse (in Wollongong). Dedicate the 23rd (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, take a peaceful walk through Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, do a tasting at Megalong Creek Estate, and enjoy the sand and surf at Shelly Beach.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney 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. Traveling from Calgary in September, things will get a bit warmer in Sydney: highs are around 25°C and lows about 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, Mittagong, Megalong Valley, Wollongong, Lithgow
Find places to stay Sep 18 — Oct 3:
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Nan Tien Temple ©
Nan Tien Temple
Bronte Beach ©
Bronte Beach
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman

18
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Burleigh Head National Park and Kurrawa Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Kirra Beach and Natural Bridge. Venture out of the city with trips to Byron Bay (Jules Hunt Studio Gallery, Belongil Beach, & more), Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah) and Broken Head (Broken Head Nature Reserve & Broken Head Beach). On the 12th (Sat), enjoy an adventurous day among the treetops at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Spend the 14th (Mon) exploring nature at Springbrook National Park. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Bexhill Open Air Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at New Govardhana Australia, and stroll through Rainbow Bay.

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Fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. October in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Byron Bay, Broken Head, Ballina, Fingal Head, Mount French National Park
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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

17
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.
Get some historical perspective at Chenrezig Institute and Catholic Old St. Stephen's Church (chapel). Relax by the water at Kings Beach and Bulcock Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Buderim (Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage & Buderim Forest Park), Caloundra Lighthouses (in Kings Beach) and Maroochydore Beach (in Maroochydore). On the 28th (Mon), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Main Range National Park. Spend the 3rd (Sun) exploring nature at Glass House Mountains National Park. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, take in the dramatic scenery at Kondalilla Falls, explore the striking landscape of Conondale National Park, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

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You can drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Caloundra, Maleny, Mooloolaba, Buderim, Montville
Find places to stay Oct 21 — Nov 7:
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Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Bulcock Beach ©
Bulcock Beach
Maroochydore Beach ©
Maroochydore Beach

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