11 days in Brisbane & Gold Coast Itinerary

11 days in Brisbane & Gold Coast Itinerary

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11 days in Brisbane & Gold Coast Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  16​h
1
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Gold Coast
— 6 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Los Angeles

2
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 explore and learn at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre and Museum of Brisbane. Visiting Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Moffat Beach will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Gallery of Modern Art, find something for the whole family at Wheel of Brisbane, stop by Noosa Chocolate Factory, and let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane day trip planner .

Los Angeles, USA to Brisbane is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 18 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Brisbane due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Brisbane, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery

6
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Surfer's Paradise Beach and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cape Byron Lighthouse and Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gold Coast: Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah) and Thomgallery (in Byron Bay). And it doesn't end there: browse the different shops at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Observation Deck, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coolangatta Beach, and identify plant and animal life at David Fleay Wildlife Park.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast online journey planner .

You can drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Byron Bay, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
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Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

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