9 days in Gold Coast, Brisbane & Airlie Beach Itinerary

9 days in Gold Coast, Brisbane & Airlie Beach Itinerary

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9 days in Gold Coast, Brisbane & Airlie Beach Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Drive:  1​h
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
Brisbane
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h
End: Brisbane

4
days
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Surfer's Paradise Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach. There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Sea World Theme Park, meet the residents at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, kick back and relax at Kirra Beach, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Gold Coast online tour planner .

Brisbane to Gold Coast is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Brisbane.

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Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
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Coolangatta 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.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, and take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Brisbane online trip planner .

Getting from Gold Coast to Brisbane by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Brisbane are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.

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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

2
days
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then step off the mainland to explore Whitsunday Islands.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Airlie Beach travel route app .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Brisbane to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Brisbane in July since evenings lows in Airlie Beach dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

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Whitsunday Islands
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
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