7 days in Gold Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

7 days in Gold Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

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7 days in Gold Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Sydney

2
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.
Step out of Gold Coast with an excursion to Cape Byron Lighthouse in Byron Bay--about 1h 25 min away. Spend the 17th (Tue) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park. There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Observation Deck, and see the interesting displays at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Gold Coast vacation app .

Sydney to Gold Coast is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Cape Byron Lighthouse
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 19:
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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

4
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.
Step out of Brisbane to go to Beerwah and see Australia Zoo, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: stroll around South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

Before you visit Brisbane, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife

Side Trip

Australia Zoo
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 23:
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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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