60 days in Brisbane & Gold Coast Itinerary

60 days in Brisbane & Gold Coast Itinerary

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60 days in Brisbane & Gold Coast Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Brisbane
— 17 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Gold Coast
— 15 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Brisbane
— 24 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Cape Town

17
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Bulcock Beach and Shorncliffe Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kondalilla Falls and Scuba & Snorkeling. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brisbane: Maleny (Gardners Falls & Maleny Mountain Wines), Mooloolaba (HMAS Brisbane & Point Cartwright) and Bribie Island Seaside Museum (in Bongaree). Spend the 10th (Fri) exploring nature at D'Aguilar National Park. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Mount Coolum, stroll around Daisy Hill Conservation Park, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Marcoola Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Brisbane day trip planning site .

Cape Town, South Africa to Brisbane is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 8 hours. Traveling from Cape Town in March, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 23°C in Brisbane. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Caboolture, Caloundra, Maleny, Kondalilla Falls
Find places to stay Mar 28 — Apr 15:
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Scuba & Snorkeling
Marcoola Beach ©
Marcoola Beach

15
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Natural Bridge and Springbrook National Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse and Fingal Head Lighthouse. Get out of town with these interesting Gold Coast side-trips: Lennox Head (Pat Morton Lookout & Lennox Head Beach), Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah) and Byron Bay (Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Belongil Beach, & more). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Kurrawa Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Tamborine Mountain, stroll through Greenmount Beach, and head outdoors with Watersports Guru.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Gold Coast trip planner.

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in April, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Byron Bay, Lennox Head, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Fingal Head Lighthouse, Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Caves
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 30:
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Springbrook National Park ©
Springbrook National Park
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

24
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Kings Beach and Sylvan Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve and Scuba & Snorkeling. Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to Caloundra (Spas & Queensland Air Museum), Woorim Beach (in Woorim) and Caloundra Lighthouses (in Kings Beach). On the 14th (Thu), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Main Range National Park. Spend the 15th (Fri) exploring nature at Ravensbourne National Park. See some other sides of Brisbane: examine the collection at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, walk around South Bank Parklands, contemplate the long history of Spring Bluff, and get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane online route planner .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Brisbane takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Caloundra, Toowoomba, Ipswich, Mooloolaba, Maleny
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 24:
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Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve ©
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

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