17 days in Brisbane, Gold Coast & Byron Bay Itinerary

17 days in Brisbane, Gold Coast & Byron Bay Itinerary

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Brisbane
— 4 nights
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Gold Coast
— 5 nights
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Byron Bay
— 7 nights
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Brisbane — 4 nights

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.
Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to Maleny (Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World & McCarthy's Lookout), Australia Zoo (in Beerwah) and Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Mooloolaba). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around South Bank Parklands, don't miss a visit to Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane, take some stellar pictures from Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Brisbane trip itinerary app.

Melbourne to Brisbane is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In May, Brisbane is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Gold Coast.
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Gold Coast — 5 nights

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 Gold Coast with a short trip to Cork 'n Fork Tours in Tamborine Mountain, about 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park, stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach, catch some excitement at Infinity Attraction, and meet the residents at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Byron Bay.
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Byron Bay — 7 nights

Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Byron Bay: Ballina (Richmond River Lighthouse, Northern Rivers Community Gallery, &more), Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah) and Hastings Point Headland (in Hastings Point). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse, experience rural life at The Farm Byron Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wategos Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Lennox Head Beach.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Byron Bay day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Byron Bay takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Gold Coast in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 12°C in Byron Bay. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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