22 days in Gold Coast & Gold Coast Hinterland Itinerary

22 days in Gold Coast & Gold Coast Hinterland Itinerary

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22 days in Gold Coast & Gold Coast Hinterland Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Gold Coast
— 18 nights
Drive:  30​min
Gold Coast Hinterland
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Burleigh Head National Park and David Fleay Wildlife Park. Get in touch with nature at Surfer's Paradise Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gold Coast: Caloundra (Dicky Beach & Moffat Beach), Tropical Fruit World (in Duranbah) and Byron Bay (The Farm Byron Bay & Cape Byron Lighthouse). Spend the 24th (Thu) exploring nature at Natural Bridge. And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Sea World Theme Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, enjoy the sand and surf at Lennox Head Beach, and make a splash at Dreamworld.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Gold Coast road trip site .

Melbourne to Gold Coast is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 24°C in Gold Coast. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Gold Coast Hinterland.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Caloundra, Kingscliff, Byron Bay, Lennox Head Beach, Captain Cook Highway
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

Gold Coast Hinterland

Gold Coast Hinterland ©
Attractions like Glow Worm Caves and O'Reillys Birds of Prey make great kid-friendly stops. Visiting Thunderbird Park and Cedar Creek Falls will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Gold Coast Hinterland side-trips: Buck's Farm (in Chillingham), Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk (in Lamington National Park) and Gallery Walk (in Eagle Heights).

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Gold Coast Hinterland holiday site .

Gold Coast Hinterland is just a stone's throw from Gold Coast. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast Hinterland

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Tamborine Mountain, Lamington National Park, Killarney Glen, Buck's Farm
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Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Caves ©
Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Caves
Killarney Glen ©
Killarney Glen
Thunderbird Park ©
Thunderbird Park