8 days in Gold Coast, Brisbane & Sunshine Coast Itinerary

8 days in Gold Coast, Brisbane & Sunshine Coast Itinerary

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8 days in Gold Coast, Brisbane & Sunshine Coast Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Maleny
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Noosa
— 1 night
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

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.
On the 21st (Fri), shop like a local with Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and then enjoy the sea views from Fingal Head Lighthouse. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kurrawa Beach, then kick back and relax at Kirra Beach, and then explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip builder site .

Melbourne to Gold Coast is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in September, expect Gold Coast to be somewhat warmer, temps between 27°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Fingal Head Lighthouse, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): contemplate the long history of Newstead House, explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery, then contemplate the long history of Boggo Road Gaol, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catholic Old St. Stephen's Church (chapel). On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Dicky Beach, browse the collection at State Library Of Queensland, and then wander the streets of West End.

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Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Brisbane takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Brisbane sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Maleny.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Dicky Beach
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Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail) ©
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail)

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nights
Maleny

Maleny ©
A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Queensland Air Museum, enjoy the sea views from Caloundra Lighthouses, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Point Cartwright. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Caboolture Historical Village, tour the pleasant surroundings at Buderim Forest Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mooloolaba Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Maleny attractions 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. September in Maleny sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Maleny

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Caboolture Historical Village, Buderim Forest Park
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Point Cartwright ©
Point Cartwright
Buderim Forest Park ©
Buderim Forest Park
Queensland Air Museum ©
Queensland Air Museum

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Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
On the 27th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Marcoola Beach, step into the grandiose world of Sunshine Castle, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Noosa Botanic Gardens.

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You can drive from Maleny to Noosa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Sunshine Castle, Noosa Botanic Gardens, Marcoola Beach
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Marcoola Beach ©
Marcoola Beach
Noosa Botanic Gardens ©
Noosa Botanic Gardens
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach

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