8 days in Brisbane & Gold Coast Itinerary

8 days in Brisbane & Gold Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Queensland tour itinerary planner

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Brisbane
— 4 nights
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Gold Coast
— 3 nights
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Brisbane

— 4 nights

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.
Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to Australia Zoo (in Beerwah) and Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Mooloolaba). There's still lots to do: stroll through Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take some stellar pictures from Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, explore the activities along The Brisbane River, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane travel planner.

Melbourne to Brisbane is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 23°C in Brisbane. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

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Gold Coast

— 3 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.
Pack the 1st (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Sea World Theme Park. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 3rd (Mon) at Dreamworld. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach, take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Observation Deck, find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction, and get to know the resident critters at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Gold Coast road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Beaches
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