10 days in Gold Coast, Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

10 days in Gold Coast, Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

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10 days in Gold Coast, Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Gold Coast
1
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
3
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
End: Gold Coast

4
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 out of town with these interesting Gold Coast side-trips: Byron Bay (Cape Byron Lighthouse & Cape Byron Walking Track). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, make a splash at Dreamworld, get to know the resident critters at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, and tee off at Surfers Paradise Golf Club.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip planning site .

If you are flying in from Indonesia, the closest major aiports are Brisbane International Airport and Gold Coast Airport. In May, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Parks Theme Parks

Side Trip

Byron Bay
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Dreamworld ©
Dreamworld

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 22nd (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at The Brisbane River, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat): walk around South Bank Parklands.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane online day trip planner .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Nature
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
The Brisbane River ©
The Brisbane River

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Walk, then stroll through Bondi Beach, then snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Chinese Garden of Friendship. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, then take a stroll through The Rocks, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Sydney trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. May in Sydney sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C at night. On the 26th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
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Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

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