8 days in Gold Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

8 days in Gold Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

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8 days in Gold Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  4​h
1
Gold Coast
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

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.
Cape Byron Lighthouse and Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll get in some beach time at Surfers Paradise Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Gold Coast side-trips: Tropical Fruit World (in Duranbah) and O'Reillys Birds of Prey (in Lamington National Park). The adventure continues: buy something for everyone on your list at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, look for all kinds of wild species at David Fleay Wildlife Park, explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, and play a few rounds at Surfers Paradise Golf Club.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Gold Coast trip planning tool .

Melbourne to Gold Coast is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In August, Gold Coast is somewhat warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Byron Lighthouse, O'Reillys Birds of Prey, Tropical Fruit World
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

2
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.
Head to Psychic Readings Twin Featherz and Relove Oxleyfor plenty of shopping. Queensland Museum & Sciencentre and Gallery of Modern Art are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, take a stroll through Wynnum Esplanade, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel).

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane visit website .

Drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Brisbane are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Wynnum Esplanade
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery

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