27 days in Brisbane Region & Gold Coast Itinerary

27 days in Brisbane Region & Gold Coast Itinerary

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27 days in Brisbane Region & Gold Coast Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  25​h
1
Brisbane
— 16 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Lamington National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
North Stradbroke Island
— 2 nights
Travel:  4​h
5
Moreton Island
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  30​h
End: London

16
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 Brisbane Jazz Club, Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park and City Hopper. Caloundra Lighthouses and Old Petrie Town will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre and Newstead House. Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Buderim (Buderim Lions Park, Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, & more), Maroochydore Beach (in Maroochydore) and Caloundra (Queensland Air Museum, Bulcock Beach, & more). Spend the 31st (Fri) with some fine spirits on a distillery tour. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, enjoy the sand and surf at Dicky Beach, explore the activities along The Brisbane River, and play a few rounds at Tanawha Valley Golf & Tennis.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane online route planner .

London, UK to Brisbane is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Brisbane is 10 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from London in August since evenings lows in Brisbane dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Caloundra, Buderim, Mooloolaba, Montville Art Gallery, Tanawha Valley Golf & Tennis
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Bulcock Beach ©
Bulcock Beach

3
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.
On the 1st (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, enjoy the sea views from Fingal Head Lighthouse, and then find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at David Fleay Wildlife Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then examine the collection at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Lamington National Park.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Fingal Head Lighthouse
Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 2:
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
David Fleay Wildlife Park ©
David Fleay Wildlife Park

1
day
Lamington National Park

Lamington National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): identify plant and animal life at O'Reillys Birds of Prey and then get to know the fascinating history of Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Lamington National Park online vacation planner .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Lamington National Park in 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to North Stradbroke Island.

Things to do in Lamington National Park

Wildlife Nature Parks
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Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk ©

2
nights
North Stradbroke Island

North Stradbroke Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): kick back and relax at Cylinder Beach, take a leisurely stroll along Amity Point Jetty, then take some stellar pictures from North Gorge Walk, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Frenchman's Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Amity Point Beach, then contemplate the waterfront views at Brown Lake, and then stroll the grounds of Dunwich Cemetery.

To see maps and more tourist information, use the North Stradbroke Island trip planner .

You can drive from Lamington National Park to North Stradbroke Island in 4.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in North Stradbroke Island can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Moreton Island.

Things to do in North Stradbroke Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Frenchman's Beach ©
Frenchman's Beach
Dunwich Cemetery ©
Dunwich Cemetery
North Gorge Walk
North Gorge Walk

2
nights
Moreton Island

Moreton Island ©
Off Queensland's southeastern coast, Moreton Island offers steep dunes and beaches.
On the 5th (Wed), head outdoors with Tangalooma Island Resort Dolphin Feeding and then make a trip to Tangalooma Wrecks. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sea views from Cape Moreton Lighthouse.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Moreton Island sightseeing planner.

Getting from North Stradbroke Island to Moreton Island by car takes about 6 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. On the 7th (Fri), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Moreton Island

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Cape Moreton Lighthouse ©
Cape Moreton Lighthouse
Tangalooma Wrecks ©
Tangalooma Wrecks

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