11 days in Gold Coast, Brisbane & Sunshine Coast Itinerary

11 days in Gold Coast, Brisbane & Sunshine Coast Itinerary

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11 days in Gold Coast, Brisbane & Sunshine Coast Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Caloundra
— 2 nights
4
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Shopping Centre, then view the masterpieces at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, then stroll through Kirra Beach, and finally explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Currumbin Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Tugun Beach, and then enjoy the sea views from Fingal Head Lighthouse.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast road trip planning app .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Gold Coast is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Gold Coast is 2 hours. When traveling from Kuala Lumpur in September, plan for slightly colder days in Gold Coast, with highs around 27°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Fingal Head Lighthouse
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

2
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Opal Museum and Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel). Museum-lovers will get to explore The Workshops Rail Museum and Old Government House. Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to Daisy Hill Conservation Park (in Daisy Hill) and Mount French National Park (in Boonah). There's more to do: explore the galleries of Robert Henderson Gallery.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane online road trip planner .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Caloundra.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Mount French National Park, The Workshops Rail Museum, Daisy Hill Conservation Park
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Daisy Hill Conservation Park ©
Daisy Hill Conservation Park
The Workshops Rail Museum ©
The Workshops Rail Museum
Opal Museum ©
Opal Museum

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nights
Caloundra

Caloundra ©
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Buderim Forest Park, see the interesting displays at Queensland Air Museum, then get your game on at SunJet Simulations, and finally enjoy the sea views from Caloundra Lighthouses.

To find out how to plan a trip to Caloundra, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Brisbane to Caloundra in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Caloundra are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Caloundra

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Buderim Forest Park
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Buderim Forest Park ©
Buderim Forest Park
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Queensland Air Museum ©
Queensland Air Museum

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Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): appreciate the history behind Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Greenmount Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Kurrawa Beach, and then stop by Miami Marketta.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Gold Coast trip planner .

You can drive from Caloundra to Gold Coast in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Greenmount Beach ©
Greenmount Beach
Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach
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