7 days in Brisbane, Sunshine Coast & Gold Coast Itinerary

7 days in Brisbane, Sunshine Coast & Gold Coast Itinerary

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7 days in Brisbane, Sunshine Coast & Gold Coast Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Maleny
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Noosa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane tour planner.

Melbourne to Brisbane is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 25°C in Brisbane. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Maleny.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Fun & Games, #Wildlife
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

2
nights
Maleny

Maleny ©
A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): have some family-friendly fun at Big Kart Track, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kings Beach, and then kick back and relax at Bulcock Beach. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Maleny trip planner .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Maleny takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In January in Maleny, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Maleny

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Caloundra, Scuba & Snorkeling, Big Kart Track
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Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve ©
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve

1
night
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): look for gifts at Peticular, enjoy the sand and surf at Peregian Beach, and then explore the activities along Noosa River.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Noosa tour itinerary app .

Getting from Maleny to Noosa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Noosa

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches
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Noosa River ©
Noosa River
Peticular ©
Peticular

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): get in on the family fun at Sea World Theme Park and then find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Kirra Beach, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, and then putt your heart out at Putt Putt Mermaid Beach.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast online holiday builder .

Traveling by car from Noosa to Gold Coast takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Theme Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

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