20 days in Adelaide, Sunshine Coast & Gold Coast Itinerary

20 days in Adelaide, Sunshine Coast & Gold Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia trip planner

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Adelaide
— 4 nights
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Noosa
— 6 nights
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Maleny
— 3 nights
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Gold Coast
— 6 nights
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Adelaide

— 4 nights
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Adelaide Zoo and South Australian Museum. Step out of Adelaide with an excursion to The Cedars in Hahndorf--about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Adelaide Botanic Garden, identify plant and animal life at Cleland Wildlife Park, steep yourself in history at Adelaide Oval, and stop by Unique Opal Mine Pty Ltd.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Adelaide route builder app.

Sydney to Adelaide is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Sydney to Adelaide. Traveling from Sydney in September, expect Adelaide to be slightly colder, temps between 21°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks · Museums · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

Noosa

— 6 nights
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Bring the kids along to Noosa National Park and Mooloolaba Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Caloundra (Kings Beach & Moffat Beach), Wirreanda Park (in Buderim) and Mooloolaba (Boat Tours & Water Sports & SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast). There's lots more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at The Noosa Spa, kick back and relax at Noosa Main Beach, stroll through Peregian Beach, and get great views at Laguna Lookout.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Noosa travel route builder site.

Getting from Adelaide to Noosa by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Adelaide to Noosa, you'll lose 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Maleny.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Maleny

— 3 nights
A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
Family-friendly places like Australia Zoo and Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World, get great views at Dulong Lookout ( Kanyana Park ), see the interesting displays at Mapleton Observatory, and take in the dramatic scenery at Kondalilla Falls.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Maleny online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Noosa to Maleny takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Maleny

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trips

Gold Coast

— 6 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Sea World Theme Park and Warner Bros. Movie World. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gold Coast: Brisbane (Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane, South Bank Parklands, &more). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Observation Deck, tee off at Surfers Paradise Golf Club, and get to know the resident critters at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Gold Coast road trip planning website.

You can drive from Maleny to Gold Coast in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Sunshine Coast travel guide

4.2
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.