30 days in Gold Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

30 days in Gold Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

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30 days in Gold Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly:  5​h
1
Gold Coast
— 16 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Brisbane
— 13 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Adelaide

16
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Gold Coast side-trips: Watersports Guru (in Kingscliff), Byron Bay (Cape Byron Lighthouse, The Byron Bay Book Exchange, & more) and Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah). Spend the 12th (Thu) exploring nature at Natural Bridge. Spend the 11th (Wed) exploring nature at Les Rodgers Memorial Park. And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Sea World Theme Park, make a splash at Wet 'n' Wild Water World, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coolangatta Beach, and meet the residents at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Gold Coast attractions website .

Adelaide to Gold Coast is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Adelaide in September, with highs in Gold Coast at 27°C and lows at 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Byron Bay, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Watersports Guru, Mount French National Park
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 17:
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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

13
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Maleny (Art on Cairncross, Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World, & more), Australia Zoo (in Beerwah) and Mooloolaba (HMAS Brisbane, Mooloolaba Beach, & more). Next up on the itinerary: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland, admire all the interesting features of Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Brisbane day trip planner.

Drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Maleny, Australia Zoo, Buderim Lions Park, Dicky Beach
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 30:
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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