Family fly-drive Australia: Brisbane & the Sunshine Coast

Tailor-made holidays
Duration (in days): 12

From: UK

To: Australia



Inc. International flights (per person - based on 2 adults, 2 children) 
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Head to Australia’s Sunshine Coast for a fun-packed couple of weeks enjoying the hinterland and beaches of Southern Queensland. This 12-day family fly-drive Australia holiday is perfect for the warm and sunny days of April and May and takes you off the beaten track and explore the striking Glasshouse Mountains from your base in a wonderfully quirky eco-lodge. After a few days’ exploration, head over to the coast to enjoy a classic beach break with an apartment set just back from the sea in Caloundra.

Your round trip begins and ends with a night in Brisbane either side of your road trip. With a good balance of exploration and beach-time relaxation, this trip can be as hectic or as chilled as you like; remember, all our trips are fully customizable, so please contact one of our consultants to start planning a dream Australia holiday made especially for you!

This holiday includes

  • International flights
  • 8-day rental car
  • All accommodation        
  • Ticket to Australia Zoo


  • Get a quick introduction to Brisbane with a night at either end of your trip
  • Self-drive through the striking Glasshouse Mountains
  • Enjoy walks through the wilderness with a picnic on your back
  • Meet indigenous creatures in Australia Zoo (made famous by Steve Irwin)
  • Enjoy a relaxing beach break on the Sunshine Coast



Itinerary in brief:

  • 1 night Brisbane
  • 3 nights Glasshouse Mountains
  • 4 nights Caloundra
  • 1 night Brisbane


Day 1: Depart UK

Depart the UK from your chosen airport.

Included: International flight

Day 2: Arrive in Brisbane

On arrival into Brisbane, you’ll collect your rental car and make your own way to your hotel in central Brisbane for the night, with some time to relax for the rest of the day after your long journey.

Included: Rental car, hotel

Day 3: Brisbane to Glasshouse Mountains

You can leave Brisbane at any time today as the drive is short – just one hour until you reach the Glass House Mountains which are set in the Queensland coast hinterland.

On arrival check into your eco-lodge accommodation and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Included:  Rental car, hotel       

Days 4 & 5: Glasshouse Mountains

Over these few days, you might like to explore your accommodation a little; seek out the ‘rail carriage’ lounge where you can sit inside an old train carriage or perhaps take a walk with a  picnic and head off the beaten track. With loads of activities available locally, including scenic walks, kayaking and whale-watching,  you can be as active or as relaxed as you like.

We’ve also included n open-dated pass for Australia Zoo which you can use on any day. This zoo was made famous by the crocodile hunter Steve Irwin – it’s one of the most iconic zoos in the world this is a perfect day out for the whole family!

Included:  Rental car, hotel, Australia Zoo admission

Day 6: Glasshouse Mountains to Caloundra

You only have a short half-hour drive today to the seaside town of Caloundra, located on the Sunshine Coast. Take your time as you drive through the Beerwah State Forest, and perhaps make a detour to the Coochin Creek campsite and enjoy one of the many scenic walks you can take here.

On arrival at your hotel, check in and relax as you soak up the seaside atmosphere.

Included:  Rental car, hotel       

Day 7-9: Caloundra  

We’ve chosen your apartment style accommodation in Caloundra for it’s proximity to the beach and for its flexible, self-catering facilities. Why not spend a few days enjoying the beach, or your car to explore more of the local area.

If you would like to spend more time here then let your consultant know and they will be happy to extend your stay.

Included: Rental car, hotel

Day 10: Caloundra to Brisbane      

Depart at any time today for your journey back to Brisbane, which takes just over an hour. There will be plenty of time to check out some stops along the way.

We’ve included one final night in Brisbane before your trip finishes.

Included:  Rental car, hotel       

Day 11: Depart Brisbane    

Make your way to Brisbane Airport in your rental car and drop the car off at the airport office before connecting with your international flight back to the UK.

Included:  International flight

Day 12: Arrive in the UK



This holiday is priced for the Easter holidays, if you wish to travel outside of these dates prices will be considerably cheaper.

Summertime in Australia runs between November & February when the weather will be hot and sunny on the south-east coast. As you travel further north the climate becomes tropical, with two main seasons, wet & dry. The wet season runs from October to March, bringing humid weather and rain; the dry season from April to September, with sunny days and a comfortable temperature. March to May and September to November can be mild and pleasant, and crowds fewer.          

Are you looking for more Australia ideas?

We’re experts in planning tailor-made holidays, so whether you’re looking for a luxury Australia holiday, ideas for a road trip, or multi-stop flights to Australia with stopovers – let us help you with the planning. Our experts can tailor-make precisely the trip you’re looking for - this itinerary is purely a suggestion, so please contact us with your dates and requests, and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.

What's included: 

  • International flights
  • 10 day car hire
  • Accommodation              
  • Admission to Australia Zoo

Not included: 

  • Any additional items for car hire (i.e sat nav)
  • Fuel
  • Meals
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips & gratuities


9 nights in a combination of 3* hotel, eco lodge & apartment style accommodation.

Hotels in this category include:


  • Glasshouse Mountains Ecolodge
  • Oaks Oasis, Caloundra  
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