17 days in Byron Bay, Gold Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

17 days in Byron Bay, Gold Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

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17 days in Byron Bay, Gold Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Drive:  2​h
1
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Mermaid Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
3
Coolangatta
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Brisbane
— 7 nights
End: Brisbane

3
nights
Byron Bay

Byron Bay ©
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
You'll get in some beach time at Belongil Beach and Lennox Head Beach. Get in touch with nature at Cape Byron Walking Track and Arakwal National Park. There's much more to do: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, let the kids burn off some steam at Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens, and experience rural life at The Farm Byron Bay.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Byron Bay itinerary planner.

Brisbane to Byron Bay is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Byron Bay can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mermaid Beach.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lennox Head Beach, Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens
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Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Belongil Beach ©
Belongil Beach

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Mermaid Beach

Mermaid Beach ©
A suburb of the Gold Coast, Mermaid Beach offers a beach with relatively private sands near expensive properties lining the coastline.
Take a break from the city and head to Surfer's Paradise Beach and Kurrawa Beach. Visit Burleigh Heads Beach and Burleigh Head National Park for some beach relaxation. Take a break from Mermaid Beach with a short trip to Dreamworld in Coomera, about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Sea World Theme Park, enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Observation Deck, and race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Mermaid Beach trip planner.

Drive from Byron Bay to Mermaid Beach in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in March, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Coolangatta.

Things to do in Mermaid Beach

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Gold Coast
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

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Coolangatta

Coolangatta ©
A wrecked schooner that washed up on shore in 1846 is the namesake for the Coolangatta.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Anglican Church, then kick back and relax at Currumbin Beach, and then meet the residents at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kirra Beach, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Twin Towns Uniting Church.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Coolangatta sightseeing planner.

Coolangatta is very close to Mermaid Beach. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Coolangatta

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Gold Coast
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Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

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Brisbane

Brisbane ©
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fort Lytton National Park and Newstead House. Escape the urban bustle at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Dicky Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Australia Zoo (in Beerwah), Kings Beach (in Caloundra) and Bee Gees Way (in Redcliffe). Next up on the itinerary: have fun at South Bank Parklands, explore the activities along The Brisbane River, explore and take pictures at Suncorp Stadium, and take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip planner.

Traveling by car from Coolangatta to Brisbane takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, daytime highs in Brisbane are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Caloundra, Australia Zoo, Bee Gees Way
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach

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