36 days in Brisbane, Gold Coast & Fraser Island Itinerary

36 days in Brisbane, Gold Coast & Fraser Island Itinerary

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36 days in Brisbane, Gold Coast & Fraser Island Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
1
Brisbane
— 29 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Ferry + Drive:  8​h 30​min
3
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + Ferry + Drive + Fly:  8​h
End: Brisbane

29
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.
Attractions like Australia Zoo and Sea Life Sunshine Coast make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Caloundra Lighthouses (in Kings Beach), Mount Coolum (in Coolum Beach) and Mooloolaba (Mooloolaba Beach, SunJet Simulations, & more). There's lots more to do: walk around South Bank Parklands, make a splash at Aqua Park Bli Bli, take in nature's colorful creations at Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World, and get in on the family fun at Aussie World.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip itinerary maker tool .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airports are Brisbane International Airport and Gold Coast Airport. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Maleny, Montville, Buderim
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo
Sea Life Sunshine Coast ©
Sea Life Sunshine Coast

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea World Theme Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Dreamworld and then see the interesting displays at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Gold Coast road trip planner .

Drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Dreamworld ©
Dreamworld

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Bring the kids along to Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island trip builder website .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Gold Coast to Fraser Island takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

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