8 days in Sunshine Coast, Brisbane & Gold Coast Itinerary

8 days in Sunshine Coast, Brisbane & Gold Coast Itinerary

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8 days in Sunshine Coast, Brisbane & Gold Coast Itinerary

Start: Miranda
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
1
Coolum Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Brisbane
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
End: Miranda

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Coolum Beach

Coolum Beach ©
Coolum Beach is a beachside town on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia and is also the beach around which the town is based.HistoryThe name is derived from the local Undumbi word gulum or guloom, meaning "blunt" or "headless", referring to the shape of Mount Coolum, which has no peak.According to Aboriginal legend, Ninderry knocked off Coolum's head and it fell into the ocean and is now Mudjimba Island.The Coolum district was the traditional land of the Inabara or Yinneburra clan of the Undanbi Tribe. Go for a jaunt from Coolum Beach to Montville to see Kondalilla Falls about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: make a splash at BLAST Aqua Park Coolum, get great views at Lows Lookout, hit the slopes at Oz Ski Resort, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Ninderry.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Coolum Beach visit planning tool .

Miranda to Coolum Beach is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Coolum Beach

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Yandina, Kondalilla Falls, The Big Pineapple, Buderim Forest Park
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Mount Coolum ©
Mount Coolum
BLAST Aqua Park Coolum ©
BLAST Aqua Park Coolum
The Ginger Factory ©
The Ginger Factory

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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.
On the 12th (Sun), take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then make a trip to Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Brisbane day trip planner .

You can drive from Coolum Beach to Brisbane in 1.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Wildlife Parks Theme Parks
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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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.
Gold Coast is known for theme parks, shopping, beaches, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea World Theme Park, kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach, get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, and take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Climb.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Gold Coast road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Beaches
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World

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