9 days in Australia Itinerary

9 days in Australia Itinerary

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Fly
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Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive
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Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive
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Maleny
— 1 night
Drive
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Noosa
— 1 night
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Drive to River Heads, Ferry to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Drive to Fraser Island
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Fraser Island
— 3 nights
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Drive to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Ferry to River Heads, Fly to Melbourne

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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 21st (Mon), catch some excitement at Infinity Attraction, examine the collection at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise, and then kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Head National Park, identify plant and animal life at David Fleay Wildlife Park, then meet some fierce fish with Tweed Sea Sports, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Augustine's Catholic Church.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip itinerary maker.

Melbourne to Gold Coast is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Melbourne in December, Gold Coast is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

2
nights
Brisbane

Australia's New World City

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, contemplate the long history of Boggo Road Gaol (Jail), and then take a stroll through West End. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, then admire the masterpieces at Gallery of Modern Art, and then admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland.

Before you visit Brisbane, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Brisbane sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to drive to Maleny.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

1
night
Maleny

A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): experience rural life at Maleny Dairies, then hike along Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, then learn about all things military at Nambour & District Historical Museum Assoc. Inc., and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Maleny trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Maleny takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Maleny are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Maleny

Wildlife · Trails · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

1
night
Noosa

Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
On the 26th (Sat), get a taste of the local shopping with Underground Surf, then don't miss a visit to Hastings Street, and then kick back and relax at Noosa Main Beach.

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Noosa trip itinerary maker.

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 up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Noosa

Outdoors · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks

3
nights
Fraser Island

Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach, take an exotic tour of Australian Sunset Safaris Day Tours, and then kick back and relax at Eli Creek. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at Fraser Island Day Spa, take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest, and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Fraser Island trip site.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Noosa to Fraser Island takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Australia travel guide

4.6
Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.

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.