9 days in Gold Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

9 days in Gold Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

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9 days in Gold Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
+2
Fly + foot + train:  17​h 45​min
1
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Los Angeles

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Cape Byron Lighthouse and Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise. You'll get in some beach time at Surfer's Paradise Beach and Coolangatta Beach. Step out of Gold Coast with an excursion to Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre in Murwillumbah--about 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: browse the different shops at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction, laugh and play at Sea World Theme Park, and get some fabulous bargains at Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip planner .

Los Angeles, USA to Gold Coast is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 18 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Gold Coast. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in January, with highs in Gold Coast at 83°F and lows at 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Beaches Shopping

Side Trips

Cape Byron Lighthouse, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Queensland Museum & Sciencentre and Queensland Art Gallery. Get some cultural insight at Gallery of Modern Art and Museum of Brisbane. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, stop by Noosa Chocolate Factory, let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, and take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip planner .

Getting from Gold Coast to Brisbane by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Parks Fun & Games
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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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