13 days in Airlie Beach & Sunshine Coast Itinerary

13 days in Airlie Beach & Sunshine Coast Itinerary

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Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
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Maleny
— 3 nights
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Noosa
— 6 nights
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Airlie Beach

— 3 nights

Gateway to the Whitsundays

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Explore Airlie Beach's surroundings by going to Daydream Island (Daydream Island Day Spa & Daydream Island Living Reef) and Hamilton Island (Wild life Hamilton Island, Passage Peak, &more). Spend the 4th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon and stop by Grotty Yachty Clothing.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Airlie Beach trip planner.

Adelaide to Airlie Beach is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is 0.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Adelaide in January since evenings lows in Airlie Beach dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Maleny.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Maleny

— 3 nights
A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
Maleny is known for parks, trails, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World, trek along Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, admire the sheer force of Gardners Falls, and take some stellar pictures from McCarthy's Lookout.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Maleny tour itinerary tool.

Fly from Airlie Beach to Maleny in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Maleny when traveling from Airlie Beach in January, with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Maleny

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Noosa

— 6 nights
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Noosa: BLAST Aqua Park Coolum (in Coolum Beach), Aqua Park Bli Bli (in Bli Bli) and Mooloolaba (SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more). Spend the 15th (Fri) exploring nature at Noosa National Park. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Noosa Main Beach, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, look for gifts at Underground Surf, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kings Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Noosa online route planner.

Traveling by car from Maleny to Noosa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Theme Parks

Side Trips

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.