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Please help: 3 weeks Itinerary Gold Coast

by bobsy25

Hello! I would like to ask for help/ideas for a 3 week trip to Gold Coast. I have been to Australia already but only to Sydney.

Will be travelling by 23rd of November and will be staying with a friend somewhere in Broadbeach so my accomodations is covered already. Will the budget of US$1000 - US$1500 be good already for me to visit the theme parks and do some sight seeing and a bit of shopping as well?

I am thinking of probably going to an Island too, if the budget fits. Not Cairns and I guess not Fraser too as I heard both are really expensive. Any suggestions for a not so expensive tour operator for the island trip?

Also, my plan to spend the 3 weeks are as follows:

1st week: go to an island (for an overnight or 2 days the most) then some sight seeing
2nd week: go to the theme parks, then do the dracula show, outback spectacular (are these still ok? I visited their websites and dinner is included in the payment? )and do a bit shopping
3rd week: just relax, party, etc

but cant pick which actual places to go too.. it seems that there is so much to see in the Gold Coast.

Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks (",)

Re: Please help: 3 weeks Itinerary Gold Coast

by Mikebb

Hi For me 3 weeks on the Gold Coast is too much, but as you are with friends you should be OK. Your location is good for movement down the coast to Byron Bay only 2 hours drive, or take the bus.Plenty of Backpacker accommodation here and a very famous beach.

You can catch the train to Brisbane, 1 hour, for the day and stay overnight.

As for islands we were visiting Brisbane and found an offer to visit Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays. We got a cheap airfare with Jetstat for $70 each way. Hamilton Island had cheap to 5 star accommodation and is a fabulous place worth the effort.

Whatever you do you will have a fabulous time. Just research your trip and have a look at VT pages, I have some pages on the area.

Good Luck,

Re: Please help: 3 weeks Itinerary Gold Coast

by Mikebb

Should read Jetstar airlines.

Re: Please help: 3 weeks Itinerary Gold Coast

by JohanIsWeg

Fraser Island is not really expensive. However, you do need a 4WD, so I suppose if you have to rent it or go with a tour it would start counting up. For closer to home, try Moreton Island or North Stradbroke Island.
Definitely, take daytrips from Broadbeach to the Gold Coast Hinterland: Lamington National Park, Binna Burra, O'Reilly's.
You'll enjoy the theme parks.
Lots of nice beaches: have a sundowner at Tallebudgera Creek. Palm Beach is a nice walk. Burleigh Heads has nice views.
Daytrip into northern NSW: visit Tropical Fruit World (chocolate fruit)!
Daytrip to Brisbane - lots to see and do. Vibrant nightlife scene.
Go zorbing - right there on the GC!
Got some tips on my Queensland pages.
You'll have a wonderful time! Enjoy!

Re: Please help: 3 weeks Itinerary Gold Coast

by aussirose

Ditto to Johan's comments. There's heaps to do on the Gold Coast. Do hire a car for a few days and go to O'Reillys, Byron Bay, Nimbin for a cultural experience and visit the beaches south of the border - Cabaritta, Hastings Point and Blackrock just south of Pottsville. You can go via these beaches to Byron Bay.

For an island trip, I would do Stradbroke as Johan said. It's not far from the Gold Coast so cost to get there would be cheap. Here's the site -

Other things to do are Currumbin Bird Sanctuary and if you are going for a day trip by train to Brisbane then Loan Pine Sanctuary is a good place to go.

Draculas is fun! You'll love it!

Have a wonderful time!! Cheers, Ann :o)

Travel Tips for Gold Coast

Burleigh Heads

by iandsmith

This iconic spot on the Gold Coast is often pictured with crisp waves and subtle offshore breezes and a top surfer cranking down the line. Of course, fans of mine will know that you don't always get the obvious in my pages. Thus it was that I went down to get a snap of Burleigh on my way back to Newcastle and found exactly what you see here - onshore winds, no swell and some sort of renovation playing havoc with the beach. As always with life, expect the unexpected, that way you'll never be disappointed.
Burleigh does have many good days but, on summer afternoons, you can count them on one hand. This is what you're more likely to get.
Having said all that, it's still a nice beach and is backed by plenty of cafes and shops with accommodation as far as the eye can see along the coast.

Australia Zoo

by robertgaz

Australia Zoo is a beautifully laid out and well planned spacious open concept animal sanctuary. It's much more than just another zoo because their vision is for conservation and animal rescue.

A great part of their mission is to protect endangered species by educating people in an entertaining way through animal shows. There are daily shows including getting up close and personal with crocs at the 5000 seat Animal Planet Crocoseum.

Although there isn't a great variety of animals the quality of the enclosures and the care for the animals is second to none.

Steve (dec) and Terri Irwin live the lives of Wildlife Warriors and if I ever become an endangered species I want to live at Australia Zoo. When I visited Australia Zoo it was about a month after Steve's untimely death and tributes were still pouring in.

Admission prices -

Adult $43.00
Student/Pensioner $35.00
Child (3-14) $29.00
Child under 3 Free
Family - 2 Adults, 3 Children
(Gate offer only, exclusive to Australia Zoo)

Australia Zoo is situated on the Glasshouse Mountains Tourist Drive near Beerwah on the Sunshine Coast and it is approximately a 60 min drive from Brisbane via the Bruce Highway.

Shooters is probably the least...

by Shar

Shooters is probably the least seediest club, though you are talking to a person who doesn't like the Goldies night life. Shooters is a Saloon style bar with pool tables and dark lighting (equivalent of beer goggles on when on the hunt). If you like the sleaze feel and wanna tinsle it up with the best of them, strip down and go hard people. Cocktails and Dreams has some boppy dance music to shake it up to, and downstair in The Party they mix from alternative rock to dance to pop - whatever the Top 40 is playing on the radio usually.
WARNING: the bouncers on the Gold Coast are notorously rough. Girls - you are not safe either, I'm one of the lucky ones they obviously got confused for a professional boxer and gave a concusion, bruises all over my body and given my state a that point, a night in the lock up for being a wee bit upset and angry at the spineless, dickless.....etc. bouncers. Having lived with a few before, a clue is, they are all on steriods and given this is normally their second job they are provided pills free to keep them up. The combination is lethal and each nightclub must have our best lawyers given they are still open. Basically, avoid any assocation with them.. Girls, don't even flirt..Reject them later...and you're in trouble. At the least they'll just pick you up and throw you out of the club for no reason. Enough crappin on. Just take that warning seriously, they are apes with the brains of grasshoppers. <> do I sound a little bitter? That was one experience that rocked my world so maybe a little senstive about it. No doubt you'll have no probs with them. Girls - anything.
Guys - Not shorts, no sandals, no hats. Go the nice jeans or trousers (hint: your ass look sbetter in trousers!!) and a dress shirt with a collar, just in case the bouncer doesn't like you, don't give them an excuse.

Tasty Thai !!!

by grantravel about Chiangmai Thai

Chiang Ma Thai is a very popular local Thai restaurant, with very tasty food at a reasonable price. You will need to book ahead to get a table, especially if you will be going with a group. Ask for a table outside, because it has very confined space inside (full of Asian artefacts).

If you do go with a group of friends, get a range of dishes and share them around.

BYO Drinks.


by AusPinay

You cannot visit the gold coast without seeing Movieworld! Especially when you got young kids!

Looney Tunes are one of the boys' fave cartoons so we had to go there! Warner Bros.

Movie World is a whole world of entertainment. From heart-thumping thrill rides like Lethal Weapon to the colourful but gentle rides in LOONEY TUNES Village to the fun filled shows...Warner Bros. Movie World has something for everyone.

With this placeyou can experience an exhilarating ride like no other on the planet with the Superman Escape - an unprecedented thrill rollercoaster where you travel 100km/h in just two seconds!

Take adventure to the next dimension in the DreamWorks® Shrek 4D Adventure™- the attraction that puts you in the action with hair-raising, eye-popping, and butt-busting effects so real all your senses will be on ogre-time.

Experience the other heart thumping thrill rides like Lethal Weapon and Wild West Falls (we love this!), the spine-tingling Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster, all the fun of Looney Tunes Village, and the spectacular Main Street Star Parade. Star in and buy your own Hi-5 music DVD at the new 'BE A Hi-5 STAR' Studio! Warner Bros. Movie World is an exciting adventure just waiting for you!


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