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: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

4
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.
Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise will appeal to museum buffs. Kids will appreciate attractions like Surfers Paradise Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Cape Byron Lighthouse in Byron Bay (about 1h 25 min away). Spend the 12th (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park. And it doesn't end there: buy something for everyone on your list at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction, and revel in the low prices at Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast route planner .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Gold Coast is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 2 hours. In August, Gold Coast is cooler than Kuala Lumpur - with highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Cape Byron Lighthouse, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
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Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

3
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.
On the 15th (Thu), examine the collection at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then have fun at Psychic Readings Twin Featherz. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel), admire the masterpieces at Gallery of Modern Art, then explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery, and finally see the interesting displays at Opal Museum.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Brisbane sightseeing planning website .

Getting from Gold Coast to Brisbane by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Brisbane are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
Find places to stay Aug 14 — 17:
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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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