12 days in Gold Coast, Brisbane & Hamilton Island Itinerary

12 days in Gold Coast, Brisbane & Hamilton Island Itinerary

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12 days in Gold Coast, Brisbane & Hamilton Island Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Gold Coast
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Perth

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, SkyPoint Observation Deck, Surfers Paradise Beach, and other attractions. There's more to do: get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast road trip planning tool .

Perth to Gold Coast is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Perth in January, you will find days in Gold Coast are slightly colder (33°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (24°C). On the 23rd (Thu), you're off toBrisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Beaches
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes South Bank Parklands, The Brisbane River and Australia Zoo. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): explore the activities along The Brisbane River and then stroll around South Bank Parklands. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: meet the residents at Australia Zoo.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane travel website .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Brisbane are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trip

Australia Zoo
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo
The Brisbane River ©
The Brisbane River

3
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Explore Group, One Tree Hill Sunset Cocktails and Hamilton Island Watersports. It doesn't end there: take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hamilton Island online vacation planner .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Hamilton Island takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In January in Hamilton Island, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 28°C at night. On the 28th (Tue), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Hamilton Island Watersports ©
Hamilton Island Watersports
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina

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