Weekend destination: Brisbane and the Gold Coast
Dreaming of a summer escape? There’s a reason the Sunshine State is one of Australia’s favourite summer holiday destinations.
From glistening golden sand beaches and stunning natural attractions, to great family experiences, there’s no shortage of experiences to have that will make for an unforgettable weekend getaway.
And the best part? It’s all just a short flight out of Sydney.
Travelling from Sydney to Brisbane and the Gold Coast
Sydney Airport offers several safe and secure parking options, so you can comfortably drive to the airport in your own car.
Our P1/P2 parking is a short 2-5 minute walk to T2 and T3 Domestic terminals, and the P3 car park is just a 5-8 minute walk to the T2 and T3 Domestic terminals.
You can save 70% by pre-booking your parking online ahead of time. Booking online is easy and only takes a few minutes.
Airport to Brisbane CBD
Brisbane Airport is just 20 minutes from the centre of the city. Airtrain is the cheapest and most efficient way to travel between Brisbane Airport, the CBD, and the Gold Coast. The service runs every 15 minutes to and from the airport during peak times and every 30 minutes off-peak.
Other transfer options include:
● Con-X-ion shuttle bus for door-to-door transfers around Brisbane, the Gold Coast, and Sunshine Coast
● Taxi – cab fares range from $45-$55 to the city plus any toll fees
● Rideshare / Uber – follow the signs to the Ride Booking pick-up area at the Terminal
Airport to Gold Coast
Heading from Sydney to Gold Coast? If you’re arriving in Queensland via Gold Coast Airport, you can take the SkyBus airport shuttle, which stops at most popular tourist locations—including Surfers Paradise. Alternatively, you can purchase the go explore pass which provides you with unlimited bus and tram travel for just $10 a day.
Things to see and do around Brisbane and the Gold Coast
Places to visit in Brisbane
Whether you’re heading to Brisbane for an overnight stay or a week-long holiday you have the option to book direct Sydney to Brisbane flights and enjoy everything the city has to offer. From the bustling city centre to its Scenic Rim and beyond, Queensland’s capital is a top choice for any length of stay.
Explore the city on foot or take a cruise along the Brisbane River, taking in the views of the city skyline. Spend the day cooling off at South Bank’s Streets Beach—a man-made lagoon oasis near the heart of the city.
You can check out this Brisbane travel guide for more things to do in Brisbane and prepare for your trip.
Brisbane’s food scene
Brisbane is quickly becoming a hot spot for foodies, with plenty of places to wine and dine. For dinner and drinks with a view, we recommend exploring the dining precinct between Eagle Street Pier and Howard Smith Wharves. Gourmet Traveller has covered Brisbane’s top choices in fine dining, while this guide introduces some of the city’s hidden gems.
Places to visit in Gold Coast
The Gold Coast is a beach and nature lover’s paradise with plenty to see and do all year round. Naturally, you’ll want to spend the day at one of the many world-class beaches—from Surfers Paradise and Main Beach to Broadbeach to soak in the sun and atmosphere.
Take the kids for a visit to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary for an encounter with their favourite animal, or add some excitement to your trip by spending a day at any of the Gold Coast theme parks—Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World, and Wet’n’Wild.
If you’re feeling adventurous you can pack a picnic and head out west to one of the many national parks in the region such as Burleigh Head, Springbrook. or Lamington National Park to tackle some of the region’s most spectacular bushwalking trails and witness glorious views of the hinterland and beyond.
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