21 days in Adelaide, Sunshine Coast & Gold Coast Itinerary

21 days in Adelaide, Sunshine Coast & Gold Coast Itinerary

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

— 3 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 Adelaide Botanic Garden. Take a break from Adelaide with a short trip to The Cedars in Hahndorf, about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at South Australian Museum, steep yourself in history at Adelaide Oval, shop like a local with Unique Opal Mine Pty Ltd, and appreciate the history behind The Rundle Mall Pigs.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Adelaide online road trip planner.

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. In September, Adelaide is little chillier than Sydney - with highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Noosa

— 6 nights
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Attractions like Noosa National Park and Mooloolaba Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Noosa: Mooloolaba (Boat Tours & Water Sports & SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast), Coolum Beach (Lows Lookout, BLAST Aqua Park Coolum, &more) and Maroochydore Rotary Park (in Maroochydore). Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at The Noosa Spa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moffat Beach, head outdoors with Phippsy's Smooth Water Charters, and enjoy the sand and surf at Peregian Beach.

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You can fly from Adelaide to Noosa in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Adelaide to Noosa. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Maleny.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Maleny

— 3 nights
A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Australia Zoo and Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World. And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Aussie World, take in the dramatic scenery at Kondalilla Falls, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Ngungun, and get great views at McCarthy's Lookout.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Maleny trip planner.

You can drive from Noosa to Maleny in 1.5 hours. Other options are to 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Maleny

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Gold Coast

— 8 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.
Bring the kids along to Sea World Theme Park and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gold Coast: Brisbane (South Bank Parklands, City Botanic Gardens, &more). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, make a splash at Dreamworld, experience the excitement of Infinity Attraction, and kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Gold Coast road trip website.

Traveling by car from Maleny to Gold Coast takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In October in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.