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four days and what to do?

Hello - my husband and I and our 15 year old daughter are visiting our 22 year old daughter who is living in the Gold Coast for a year. We will spend 2 days in the Gold Coast area. We then have four days to go and do something north of Gold Coast. We could rent a car and just drive up the cost towards Hervey Bay or Fraser Island. Not too sure if there is enough to see and do for four days. We love to swim and snorkel. From my research there are no good places to snorkel unless you go up towards Cairns. We would have to fly if we went to Cairns which is an extra $1,000.00. But if we have come this far (from Vancouver, Canada) then maybe we should go and see the Great Barrier Reef. We will then hop on a plane and head to New Zealand for 25 days. Any tips on what we could do or where we could go in this general area (within 6 hour drive of Brisbane) would be helpful. Or is it worth it to fly into Cairns. Thanks!

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1. Re: four days and what to do?

when - it might make a diference

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2. Re: four days and what to do?

If you love to swim and snorkel you are really selling yourself short with only 6 days in AU.

Gold Coast beaches are the best you will come across.

Snorkelling, well you don't have to go as far as Cairns, consider lady Elliot island or Heron Island in the southern Great Barrier Reef area for the best snorkelling.

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We will be there the first week of March. Coming up soon.

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4. Re: four days and what to do?

Which is better - Heron Island or Lady Elliot. We have 10 days in AU. Will spend some days in Sydney before heading to the GC. Maybe we will spend a few more days in the GC. Are plans are flexible.

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Heron island is the nicest of the two.

If your older daughter's plans are flexible then why not take the whole family up to heron island for 5 days? Have her meet you at the airport in Brisbane and fly to Gladstone (or drive if you want but it is a long days drive - 6 to 7 hours) and then go to the island.

Alternatively you could go to moreton island off Brisbane which has a man made reef/wrecks which are good to snorkel. It isn't fabulous coral like up north, but there are still fabulous fish to be seen.

The other option, if you are considering hiring a car, would be to start in Sydney and drive up to the Gold Coast over the 4 spare days. Both the coast and inland route have lots of pretty towns and scenery.

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6. Re: four days and what to do?

There is no need to go all the way to Cains where there is so many beautiful sites and things to see and do in the Brisbane Gold Coast area. Fraser Island is definately worth a look maybe best done in a tour but not essential. Also have a look at this website for some ideas I have been to most listed and all are worthy of your time http://goldcoasthiddengems.com.au/

Moreton Island is also a great place for swimming and snorkelling.

Wave break Island is also quite nice but would recommend a tour such as this:

viator.com/tours/…d367-5087IC

Also if you want a truely Aussie Experience spend the money and go to the Australian Outback Spectacular.

Hope all this helps

Cheers

Zeevee

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