14 days in Gold Coast, Brisbane & Whitsundays Itinerary

14 days in Gold Coast, Brisbane & Whitsundays Itinerary

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14 days in Gold Coast, Brisbane & Whitsundays Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Gold Coast
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​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.
For shopping fun, head to Pacific Fair Shopping Centre or Robina Town Shopping Centre. Take a break from the city and head to Burleigh Heads Beach and Tropical Fruit World. Venture out of the city with trips to O'Reillys Birds of Prey (in Lamington National Park), Whian Whian State Conservation Area (in Whian Whian) and Fishing Charters & Tours (in Tweed Heads). The adventure continues: get some fabulous bargains at Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre, enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, identify plant and animal life at Coombabah Lake Nature Reserve, and laugh and play at Sea World Theme Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Gold Coast trip website .

Perth to Gold Coast is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Perth to Gold Coast. When traveling from Perth in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Gold Coast, with highs around 33°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Tropical Fruit World, O'Reillys Birds of Prey, Whian Whian State Conservation Area, Fishing Charters & Tours
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Pacific Fair Shopping Centre ©
Pacific Fair Shopping Centre
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

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.
On the 25th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, explore the world behind art at Gallery of Modern Art, and then take a stroll through West End. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Museum of Brisbane, then see the interesting displays at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Eat Street Northshore.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Brisbane online route planner .

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, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Parks Wildlife
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre
Gallery of Modern Art ©
Gallery of Modern Art

3
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Visiting Catseye Beach and Hamilton Island Golf Club will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Hamilton Island Art Gallery, get outside with Jetryder, don't miss a visit to Passage Peak, and take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hamilton Island sightseeing planning website .

You can fly from Brisbane to Hamilton Island in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In January, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Hamilton Island Art Gallery ©
Hamilton Island Art Gallery

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