12 days in Brisbane, Gold Coast & Sunshine Coast Itinerary

12 days in Brisbane, Gold Coast & Sunshine Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Queensland vacation planner

Make it your trip
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Brisbane
— 3 nights
Drive
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Oxenford
— 1 day
Drive
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Surfers Paradise
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Broadbeach
— 1 night
Drive
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Beerwah
— 1 night
Drive
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Caloundra
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mooloolaba
— 2 nights
Drive

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Brisbane

— 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Story Bridge and Eagle Street Pier. The adventure continues: walk around South Bank Parklands, admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland, stroll through Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and view the masterpieces at State Library Of Queensland.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Brisbane online day trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Brisbane. In January, daytime highs in Brisbane are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Oxenford.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 10:

Oxenford

— 1 day
On the 10th (Thu), get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Caves, and then don't miss a visit to Gallery Walk.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Oxenford travel planner.

You can drive from Brisbane to Oxenford in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Oxenford can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Surfers Paradise.

Things to do in Oxenford

Theme Parks · Wildlife · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 11:

Surfers Paradise

— 2 nights

Capital of the Gold Coast

The main appeal of Surfer’s Paradise can be identified from its name alone.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): meet the residents at Sea World Theme Park and then buy something for everyone on your list at Marina Mirage. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Surfers Paradise online holiday builder.

Surfers Paradise is just a stone's throw from Oxenford. January in Surfers Paradise sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can catch the shuttle to Broadbeach.

Things to do in Surfers Paradise

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 12:

Broadbeach

— 1 night
With its seemingly endless sandy beach, an abundance of things to do, and family-friendly atmosphere, Broadbeach ranks among the Gold Coast's top holiday destinations.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): browse the different shops at Robina Town Centre, explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, and then stroll through Kurrawa Beach.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Broadbeach trip planner.

Broadbeach is just a short distance from Surfers Paradise. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Beerwah.

Things to do in Broadbeach

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 13:

Beerwah

— 1 night
Beerwah is a rural town and a locality in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Australia Zoo and then hike along Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Beerwah vacation planner.

Getting from Broadbeach to Beerwah by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of tram and train; or do a combination of bus and train. January in Beerwah sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Caloundra.

Things to do in Beerwah

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 13 — 14:

Caloundra

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Queensland Air Museum, kick back and relax at Bulcock Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kings Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Caloundra journey planner.

Caloundra is just a short distance from Beerwah. In January, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Caloundra

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 16:

Mooloolaba

— 2 nights
Once just a small port at the mouth of Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba is now a hotbed of tourism and a place more than worth adding to your Sunshine Coast itinerary.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Maroochydore Beach and Peregian Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Noosa River in Noosaville (about 36 minutes away). There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, have some family-friendly fun at SunJet Simulations, take in the dramatic natural features at Mount Coolum, and get great views at Lows Lookout.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Mooloolaba sightseeing planner.

Mooloolaba is just a short distance from Caloundra. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 16 — 18:

Gold Coast travel guide

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Theme Parks · Beaches · Shopping Malls
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. The most popular tourist destination in the state of Queensland, Gold Coast life centers itself on relaxation, surf, and marine life in general.

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.