12 days in Gold Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

12 days in Gold Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

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12 days in Gold Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Brisbane
— 7 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Singapore

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Surfers Paradise Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach. Head to Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centrefor some retail therapy. Get out of town with these interesting Gold Coast side-trips: Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah) and Cape Byron Lighthouse (in Byron Bay). Spend the 30th (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park. There's more to do: examine the collection at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise and find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Gold Coast driving holiday planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Gold Coast is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Singapore to Gold Coast. In November, Gold Coast is a bit cooler than Singapore - with highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Cape Byron Lighthouse, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
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Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

7
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Queensland Art Gallery and Mapleton Observatory. Head to Art on Cairncross and Opals Down Underfor plenty of shopping. Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Kawana Shoppingworld (in Buddina), Mooloolaba Beach (in Mooloolaba) and Caloundra (Queensland Air Museum & Caloundra Regional Art Gallery). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, examine the collection at Museum of Brisbane, explore the world behind art at Gallery of Modern Art, and browse the exhibits of Montville Art Gallery.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane driving holiday site .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Caloundra, Montville, Opals Down Under, Mapleton Observatory, Art on Cairncross
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 8:
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach

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