8 days in Brisbane & Gold Coast Itinerary

8 days in Brisbane & Gold Coast Itinerary

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8 days in Brisbane & Gold Coast Itinerary

Start: Johor Bahru
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
Gold Coast
— 5 nights
+3
Fly + subway + foot + bus:  11​h 45​min
End: Johor Bahru


1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and then laugh and play at Wheel of Brisbane. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland and then let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane road trip app .

Johor Bahru, Malaysia to Brisbane is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Johor Bahru to Brisbane due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Johor Bahru in May: highs in Brisbane hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Wheel of Brisbane ©
Wheel of Brisbane
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands

5
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.
Kids will enjoy Sea World Theme Park and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, cool off at Dreamworld, enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Observation Deck, and see the interesting displays at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise.

For photos and other tourist information, use the Gold Coast trip planner.

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. On the 6th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World ©
Warner Bros. Movie World

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