8 days in Brisbane Region & Gold Coast Itinerary

8 days in Brisbane Region & Gold Coast Itinerary

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8 days in Brisbane Region & Gold Coast Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
1
Brisbane
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
2
Tamborine Mountain
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
3
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
North Stradbroke Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
End: Brisbane

1
day
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 21st (Mon): admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, then enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Dicky Beach.

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

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major airports are Brisbane International Airport and Gold Coast Airport. In October, daytime highs in Brisbane are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Tamborine Mountain.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Caloundra
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City Botanic Gardens ©
City Botanic Gardens

2
nights
Tamborine Mountain

Tamborine Mountain ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Australian Outback Opals as well as Tamborine Mountain Distillery. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): stop by Australian Outback Opals, Head underground at Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Caves, hike along Witches Falls Walking Trail, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Tamborine Mountain Distillery, and finally get your game on at Thunderbird Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lamington National Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tamborine Mountain journey planner.

Getting from Brisbane to Tamborine Mountain by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In October in Tamborine Mountain, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to North Stradbroke Island.

Things to do in Tamborine Mountain

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lamington National Park
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Thunderbird Park ©
Thunderbird Park
Witches Falls Walking Trail ©
Witches Falls Walking Trail
Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Caves ©
Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Caves

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Spirit of Gold Coast Whale Watching. On the 24th (Thu), kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at David Fleay Wildlife Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Burleigh Head National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): get up close to creatures of the deep with Spirit of Gold Coast Whale Watching, then take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Observation Deck, and then explore the striking landscape of O'Reillys Birds of Prey.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip planner .

You can drive from Tamborine Mountain to Gold Coast in an hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to North Stradbroke Island.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

O'Reillys Birds of Prey
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
David Fleay Wildlife Park ©
David Fleay Wildlife Park
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

3
nights
North Stradbroke Island

North Stradbroke Island ©
You've now added Straddie Kingfisher Tours to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Brown Lake and then see what you can catch with Straddie Kingfisher Tours. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Amity Point Beach, then get great views at North Gorge Walk, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cylinder Beach.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to North Stradbroke Island fast, fun, and easy.

You can drive from Brisbane to North Stradbroke Island in 3 hours. In October, daytime highs in North Stradbroke Island are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. On the 24th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in North Stradbroke Island

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Straddie Kingfisher Tours ©
Straddie Kingfisher Tours
Brown Lake ©
Brown Lake
Myora Springs Conservation Area ©
Myora Springs Conservation Area

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