18 days in Gold Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

18 days in Gold Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

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18 days in Gold Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

Brisbane
Drive:  1​h
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
Brisbane
— 15 nights
Brisbane

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Gold Coast

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 28th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at David Fleay Wildlife Park, then kick back and relax at Kirra Beach, and then Head underground at Glow Worm Caves. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the gorgeous colors at Cook Island Aquatic Reserve, kick back and relax at Greenmount Beach, and then enjoy the sea views from Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Gold Coast day trip planner .

Brisbane to Gold Coast is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Glow Worm Caves, Cook Island Aquatic Reserve
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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Greenmount Beach ©
Greenmount Beach
David Fleay Wildlife Park ©
David Fleay Wildlife Park

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Maroochydore Beach and Kings Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bulcock Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Buderim Forest Park (in Buderim), Point Cartwright (in Mooloolaba) and Kondalilla Falls (in Montville). On the 9th (Wed), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Main Range National Park. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, steep yourself in history at Boggo Road Gaol, enjoy the sea views from Caloundra Lighthouses, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chenrezig Institute.

To see maps and more tourist information, use the Brisbane journey planner.

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Brisbane takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Maleny, Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Maroochydore Beach, Kondalilla Falls
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Bulcock Beach ©
Bulcock Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

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