9 days in Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

9 days in Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

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9 days in Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

Start: Wellington
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Noosa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Wellington

3
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.
Get outdoors at Surfer's Paradise Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach. Get some cultural insight at Cape Byron Lighthouse and Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise. There's more to do: find something for the whole family at Sea World Theme Park and browse the different shops at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Gold Coast online trip maker .

Wellington, New Zealand to Gold Coast is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In September, Gold Coast is somewhat warmer than Wellington - with highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Cape Byron Lighthouse
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Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

3
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Noosa Main Beach and Mooloolaba Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Hastings Street and Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage. Step out of Noosa with an excursion to Sunshine Castle in Bli Bli--about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at The Original Eumundi Markets, explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park, look for gifts at The Real McCaul, and take some stellar pictures from Laguna Lookout.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Noosa online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Noosa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Eumundi, Sunshine Castle, Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, Mooloolaba Beach
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, see the interesting displays at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, and then explore the world behind art at GOMA. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Noosa to Brisbane takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Parks Wildlife
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery

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