Family road trip: Brisbane to Sunshine Coast

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Duration (in days): 8

From: Brisbane

To: Brisbane



Exc. International flights (per person based on 2 adults, 2 children) 
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Embark on an exciting 8-day family road trip from Brisbane to Sunshine Coast. Beginning in the Glasshouse Mountains, you’ll stay in a cosy, family-friendly eco-lodge with panoramic views and nature walks from the doorstep. Kids will love the visit to Australia Zoo for an up-close experience of Australia’s native koalas, wombats and kangaroos plus some snapping, hungry crocs at the Crocoseum! End your trip with a stay near the beach, with a waterpark and lagoon within the grounds. The golden sands of Caloundra beach await you!

This itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream trip.


  • Spend 7 nights in family-friendly accommodation
  • Embark on some wildlife watching as you walk through the Glasshouse Mountains
  • Cuddle a koala at Australia Zoo
  • Take up a water sport on one of Caloundra’s golden beaches



Itinerary in brief:

  • 3 nights Glasshouse Mountains
  • 4 nights Caloundra


Day 1: Arrive Brisbane

On arrival in Brisbane, pick up your rental car from the airport and head straight to the Glasshouse Mountains, an hour north of the city. Check into the Glasshouse Mountains Ecolodge for the next 3 nights, a peaceful and eclectic eco-property in the heart of the mountains.

You can spend the rest of the day settling in, before heading out for an evening meal. There are endless dining options available only 30 minutes away at the Sunshine Coast, but if you prefer to stay local, you’ll find a quirky, converted train carriage with self-catering facilities and locally-produced goods available to buy.

Day 2: Glasshouse Mountains

There are so many activities to keep you busy at the hotel or outside. With walking tracks that start from the entrance of the hotel why not head out on a gentle hike for a spectacular panoramic view of the surrounding area and some bird spotting along the way. Day tour options can also be added on with trips to Fraser Island, whale watching and kayaking to name but a few.

Day 3: Australia Zoo

We have included admission to Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo for all the family today! With over 1200 animals and free wildlife shows there is loads to keep the kids occupied. Check out the Crocoseum show as you watch the crocodiles snapping up their lunch or get up close to the cuddly koalas, wombats, kangaroos and many more.

Day 4: Glasshouse Mountains to Caloundra

Check out of your hotel this morning and hop in the car for 30 minutes to the popular holiday coastal town of Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast. It’s an up and coming little town drawing more popularity in recent years because of the music festival at the end of September. Here you will check into your apartment at the Oaks Oasis for 4 nights. This hotel is perfect for all the family as it is set on 10 acres of lush tropical grounds and features a water park, lagoon pool, mini golf course, climbing frame, kangaroo jumping pillow, tennis and volleyball court!

Day 5: Caloundra

There are numerous beaches that make up the coast up Caloundra, most of which are patrolled on weekends and school holidays making them very family friendly including Kings Beach and Dicky Beach. They are really popular for water sports such as surfing, kite surfing and windsurfing if you fancy taking up a new hobby.

Days 6 & 7: Caloundra

A really popular day out is walking or cycling the Caloundra coastal path. It stretches from Golden Beach to the sandy beaches of Kawana via numerous nature reserves and historical sites. It’s a great way to get out into nature with stunning views and some spots for swimming, fishing and a family picnic along the way.

Day 8: Depart Brisbane

Check out your hotel and head back to Brisbane today to drop off your rental car before flying to your next destination.



The Sunshine Coast experiences one of the highest sunshine levels in the world averaging 7 hours of sunshine a day. Temperatures are generally warm all year round with summer (Dec-Feb) averaging between 17 and 28 degrees. Autumn & spring months (Mar-May) are mild with temperatures between 13 and 25 degrees and winter ranges from 7 to 22 degrees. 

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What's included: 

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Avis Rental Car- Full size car- Super inclusive insurance
  • Australia Zoo admission

Not included: 

  • International flights
  • Any meals not mentioned
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips, insurance & gratuities


7 nights in 4* accommodation. Accommodation in this standard includes:

  • Glasshouse Mountains Ecolodge

  • Oaks Oasis, Caloundra


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