12 days in Byron Bay, Gold Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

12 days in Byron Bay, Gold Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

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12 days in Byron Bay, Gold Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

Start: Honolulu, Oahu
Fly + Drive:  15​h
1
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h
2
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Brisbane
— 6 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Honolulu, Oahu

2
nights
Byron Bay

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse, then hike along Cape Byron Walking Track, and finally stop by Byron Bay Cookie Company Gift Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): relax in the rural setting at The Farm Byron Bay, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then view the masterpieces at Lone Goat Gallery, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Byron Bay road trip planning tool .

Honolulu, USA to Byron Bay is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 20 hours traveling from Honolulu to Byron Bay due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Honolulu in April, with highs in Byron Bay at 78°F and lows at 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track

3
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.
Gold Coast is known for theme parks, shopping, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, and cool off at Dreamworld.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Gold Coast trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by bus from Byron Bay to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Beaches
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

6
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Brisbane: SunJet Simulations (in Mooloolaba), Australia Zoo (in Beerwah) and Maleny (Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World & McCarthy's Lookout). There's lots more to do: stroll around South Bank Parklands, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, admire the natural beauty at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and find something for the whole family at Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane route builder app .

Getting from Gold Coast to Brisbane by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In April in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife

Side Trips

Maleny, Australia Zoo, SunJet Simulations
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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