15 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

15 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia vacation planner

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Sydney
— 6 nights
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Gold Coast
— 2 nights
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Brisbane
— 5 nights
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Sydney

— 6 nights

The Harbour City

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.
The Rocks and Chinese Garden of Friendship will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Sydney Opera House and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Katoomba (The Giant Stairway & The Three Sisters), Wentworth Falls Lookout (in Wentworth Falls) and Faulconbridge Cemetery (in Faulconbridge). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk, and examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney itinerary tool.

Denver, USA to Sydney is an approximately 22-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Denver to Sydney. When traveling from Denver in July, plan for cooler days in Sydney, with highs around 65°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Gold Coast

— 2 nights
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 27th (Tue), meet the residents at Sea World Theme Park and then view the masterpieces at Anthea Polson Art. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at David Fleay Wildlife Park, see majestic marine mammals with SEA the Gold Coast, then find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Coombabah Lake Nature Reserve.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast day trip site.

Fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Brisbane

— 5 nights

Australia's New World City

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chenrezig Institute and Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brisbane: Caboolture (Caboolture Historical Village & Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology), Brisbane Whale Watching (in Redcliffe) and Parrots in Paradise (in Glass House Mountains). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, look for gifts at Podie Pie, take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, and take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane trip planner.

Getting from Gold Coast to Brisbane by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Brisbane are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips