12 days in Gold Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

12 days in Gold Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

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12 days in Gold Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 7 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Singapore

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Surfers Paradise Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach. Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Anthea Polson Art will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of Gold Coast with an excursion to Cape Byron Lighthouse in Byron Bay--about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: browse the different shops at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, see the interesting displays at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise, admire the masterpieces at 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, and get some fabulous bargains at Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast online trip itinerary planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Gold Coast is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 2 hours. When traveling from Singapore in September, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Gold Coast: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Shopping Beaches

Side Trips

Cape Byron Lighthouse, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

7
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.
Get some cultural insight at Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art. Head to Art on Cairncross and Kawana Shoppingworldfor some retail therapy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Maleny Mountain Wines (in Maleny), Caloundra (Queensland Air Museum, Caloundra Regional Art Gallery, & more) and Mapleton Observatory (in Mapleton). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, look for gifts at Opals Down Under, take in the exciting artwork at Montville Art Gallery, and hunt for treasures at Yandina Markets.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane trip builder site .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Maleny, Montville, Opals Down Under
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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