10 days in Brisbane & Gold Coast Itinerary

10 days in Brisbane & Gold Coast Itinerary

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10 days in Brisbane & Gold Coast Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
1
Brisbane
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
End: Brisbane

5
nights
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Mooloolaba Beach and Moffat Beach. Family-friendly places like Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Dicky Beach will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brisbane: MaisyMoo (in Caloundra) and Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage (in Buderim). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, snap pictures at Victoria Bridge Abutment, and admire the masterpieces at GOMA.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip maker tool .

If you are flying in from Malaysia, the closest major airports are Brisbane International Airport and Gold Coast Airport. In December, daytime highs in Brisbane are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Caloundra, Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, Mooloolaba Beach
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach

4
nights
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.
Attractions like Sea World Theme Park and Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise make great kid-friendly stops. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Surfer's Paradise Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Step out of Gold Coast to go to Byron Bay and see Cape Byron Lighthouse, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: buy something for everyone on your list at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction, look for all kinds of wild species at David Fleay Wildlife Park, and revel in the low prices at Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. December in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Mon) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cape Byron Lighthouse
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Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

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