7 days in Brisbane, Gold Coast & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

7 days in Brisbane, Gold Coast & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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Brisbane
— 3 nights
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Coolangatta
— 1 night
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Cairns
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Brisbane

Brisbane ©

Australia's New World City

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.
On the 23rd (Wed), browse the collection at State Library Of Queensland. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery and then walk around South Bank Parklands.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip planning app.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Brisbane. October in Brisbane sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Coolangatta.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Shopping
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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Coolangatta

Coolangatta ©
A wrecked schooner that washed up on shore in 1846 is the namesake for the Coolangatta.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, then enjoy breathtaking views from Point Danger, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Coolangatta road trip planning app.

You can drive from Brisbane to Coolangatta in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Coolangatta

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Point Danger ©
Point Danger

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Cairns

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones, then identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tablelands, and then get engrossed in the history at Historic Village Herberton.

Start your trip to Cairns by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Fly from Coolangatta to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Coolangatta in October: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 34°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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Scuba & Snorkeling
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton

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