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 Gallery of Modern Art. Escape the urban bustle at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and The Brisbane River. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, get your game on at South Bank Parklands, examine the collection at Museum of Brisbane, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Moffat Beach.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Brisbane trip itinerary planning website .

Los Angeles, USA to Brisbane is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 18 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in January, you will find days in Brisbane are a bit warmer (84°F), and nights are much hotter (71°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car 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
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre

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.
Let the collections at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise capture your imagination. Relax by the water at Surfer's Paradise Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Take a break from Gold Coast with a short trip to Cape Byron Lighthouse in Byron Bay, about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: buy something for everyone on your list at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, revel in the low prices at Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre, and take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Observation Deck.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Gold Coast day trip app .

Drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in January, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trips

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

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