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Day Trip To Brisbane from GC

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Day Trip To Brisbane from GC


I'm preparing the itenerary for our family vacation next year. We will be having 7 full days in Aus (GC). Do you think I should include a day trip to Brisbane in my plan or maybe 7 days still not enough to explore GC.

FYI, with me will be 2 little kids age 4 and 2 and we're not too adventurous family.

How long the travel time from GC to brisbane (by car). Any specific place worth visiting?

One more thing, are all tourist attraction places open on Sunday

Appreciate feedback and recommendation.


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1. Re: Day Trip To Brisbane from GC

The Gold Coast is great for families. The tourist attractions are open 7 days a week and there are plenty of them.

Brisbane is always worth a visit but it may be tireing for kids so young. A day trip may be a good option. Take the bus to the appropriate railway station (probabaly either Helensvale or Nerang) and the train to Brisbane. The rail section takes around 65 minutes to Roma Street station in the city. Service frequency is every 30 minutes.

It will take about the same time to drive and then you have to find and pay for parking as well as navigate the sometimes heavy traffic.

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2. Re: Day Trip To Brisbane from GC

Southbank Parklands in the city have plenty to do for families


The Museum is also great for families with younger children


From the city you may like to catch a ferry to Long Pine Koala Sanctuary, a must do if you want to see wildlife in a parklike setting rather than a theme park.

have fun LTB

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Just got back from GC, in my opinion 7 days in Gold coast is more than enough if you really plan to relax by the beach and do themeparks/cruise.

I suggest seaworld for younger kids. We went to Movie world but it was not so appealing to our six year old boy as much as seaworld.We should have gone to Dreamworld instead of Movie world .

The currumbin sanctuary is worth a visit..It is not very big , there is train ride which your 2 & 4 year old would enjoy and of course the Kangaroo.

.We spent 4 days in Gold Coast and managed to have a short trip to Brisbane.i suggest your plan include an overnight stay in Brisbane.A day trip perhaps would be too tiring for the kids.

have fun planning!

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Thx for all the feedback..

Dear Faiz,

Got few questions for you. May I know where did you stay in GC? Did you you rent a car? Also, if you don't mind, can u pls schare your itenerary.


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5. Re: Day Trip To Brisbane from GC


The Gold Coast is fab for a family with young kids.

The currumbin sanctuary http://www.cws.org.au/

Seaworld & Dreamworld http://seaworld.myfun.com.au/?WT.srch=1

Its one hour drive to Brisbane - the kids would enjoy Southbank.

The Long Pine Koala Sanctuary is fun too. http://www.koala.net/index.php

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