21 days in Brisbane, Gold Coast & Sunshine Coast Itinerary

21 days in Brisbane, Gold Coast & Sunshine Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Queensland route planner
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Brisbane
— 5 nights
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Gold Coast
— 5 nights
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Noosa
— 4 nights
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Maleny
— 6 nights
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Brisbane — 5 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Brisbane: Brisbane Whale Watching (in Redcliffe) and Queens Park (in Ipswich). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, get great views at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip builder.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Brisbane. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Gold Coast.
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Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors
Side Trips
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Gold Coast — 5 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.
Gold Coast is known for theme parks, shopping, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get in on the family fun at Sea World Theme Park, relax and rejuvenate at Touch Therapy Gold Coast, cool off at Dreamworld, and stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast itinerary maker site.

Drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Noosa.
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Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors
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Noosa — 4 nights

Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Go for a jaunt from Noosa to Yandina to see Mount Ninderry about 32 minutes away. Spend the 22nd (Fri) exploring nature at Noosa National Park. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at Essential Bodywork, play a few rounds at Noosa Hills Par 3 Golf Course, take a tour by water with Noosa Fishing and Crab Adventures, and take in the exciting artwork at Artisans Gallery.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Noosa vacation planning app.

You can drive from Gold Coast to Noosa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Maleny.
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Maleny — 6 nights

A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mooloolaba (Mooloolaba Beach, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more), Fishermans Road Market (in Diddillibah) and Buderim (Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage & Spas). There's lots more to do: meet the residents at Australia Zoo, see human ingenuity at work at Ewen Maddock Dam, look for all kinds of wild species at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, and view the masterpieces at Art on Cairncross.

To plan Maleny vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can drive from Noosa to Maleny in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. July in Maleny sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to drive back home.
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Sunshine Coast travel guide

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Beaches · Zoos · Gardens
Beaches, sun-drenched streets, and a relaxed ambience are the defining elements of Sunshine Coast, a region just north of Brisbane. Having grown rapidly in the 1960s and 1970s, Sunshine Coast became a popular destination for surfers in particular and has now grown into a well-managed city focused on "green" economic development.
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