13 days in Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

13 days in Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

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13 days in Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  7​h
1
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Beerwah
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Auckland

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.
Step out of Gold Coast to go to Byron Bay and see Cape Byron Lighthouse, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park, enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Observation Deck, find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, and enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip itinerary maker .

Auckland, New Zealand to Gold Coast is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Auckland to Gold Coast, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Auckland in July: highs in Gold Coast hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Beerwah.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Cape Byron Lighthouse
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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

3
nights
Beerwah

Beerwah ©
Beerwah is a rural town and a locality in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Beerwah: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Mooloolaba) and Nambour (Dulong Lookout ( Kanyana Park ) & Podie Pie). There's still lots to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Australia Zoo, enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach, take some stellar pictures from McCarthy's Lookout, and trek along Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Beerwah trip maker .

Getting from Gold Coast to Beerwah by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Beerwah

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Maleny, Nambour, Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith
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Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo
Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World ©
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
On the 20th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Noosa Main Beach and then explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): browse the eclectic array of goods at The Original Eumundi Markets, then get your game on at SunJet Simulations, and then go for a walk through Caloundra Coastal Walk.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Noosa trip planner .

Traveling by car from Beerwah to Noosa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

SunJet Simulations, Caloundra Coastal Walk, The Original Eumundi Markets
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SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach

4
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.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around South Bank Parklands, get your game on at Psychic Readings Twin Featherz, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and contemplate the waterfront views at The Brisbane River.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Brisbane trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Noosa to Brisbane takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Brisbane are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Museums
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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

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