10 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

10 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

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10 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Los Angeles

4
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary maker site .

Los Angeles, USA to Sydney is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles to Sydney, you'll lose 18 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Sydney is somewhat warmer than Los Angeles - with highs of 81°F and lows of 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

2
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.
On the 28th (Sat), enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Climb, take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Observation Deck, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea World Theme Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach, and then find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Gold Coast route maker site .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Gold Coast takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

3
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.
On the 30th (Mon), admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland and then stroll around South Bank Parklands. On the next day, get your game on at Psychic Readings Twin Featherz, then look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane visit planning website .

Getting from Gold Coast to Brisbane by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
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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