We are visiting in March to see our son who is studying in Robina. Should we rent a car to see the Gold Coast area? And can we drive up to the Sunshine coast as well or is the distance too vast? We are planning to then fly to Cairns then to Sydney then back to Brisbane. Does anyone have any suggestions about our itinerary and about any places to stay? Thank you.
Yes I would say a car would make it much easier for you to explore the Gold Coast. You will be aware we drive on the left side of the road.
what sort of accommodation are you seeking and for how long?
If you put Gold Coast in search box you will find lots to choose from.
I like the Broadbeach area and we stay at Jupters casino and Hotel
"Broadbeach...It is all about Jupiters" - Broadbeach by wise23girl
Yes you can certainly drive to the Sunshine Coast but it is better to stay overnight or a few days. You pass over the Gateway Toll so check with your hire car company about this..
Both the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast cover distance from end to end so it depends where you start as to how long it takes...3 hours each way maybe.
I like Mooloolaba on sunshine Coast and it is central
"Mooloolaba...just come as you are" - Mooloolaba by wise23girl
For Cairns put Cairns in the search box and read the Top member pages.
We stay in Cairns International Hotel
The Sebel Abbot Street: "Was Once The Cairns International Hotel" - Cairns Hotel Tip by wise23girl
Hi, welcome to VT.
I agree with Marg, a car would be a good idea. The Gold and Sunshine coasts are either side of Brisbane, so the distance isn't too big and it's an easy, well-signposted route.
You'll be covering big distances to visit Brisbane/Cairns/Sydney/Brisbane and there's a lot to see in each place, so my comment would be simply do you have enough time?
For suggestions of places to stay, it really depends on budget. Have a look at the hotel tips for each of the cities here on VT.
One of the booking sites like Wotif.com will give you a good iea of available accommodation and price range.
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hullo, I would hire a car, then you can go over the border to New South Wales where there is good scenery and beaches. a car would allow you to drive in the gold coast hinterland. Lots of scenic places to see and you could go to o'reillys and do the tree top walk and have the wild parrots land on your head is fun! If you drive to the sunshine coast, then may I suggest staying a couple of nights as by the time you arrive there from the gold coast, it will be nearly time to return.
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Your itinerary sounds great.( I live in the Sunshine Coast ) cairns is a great place to visit as it is quite different to Sydney and Brisbane areas as it is much more tropical with gorgeous rain forests and clear water. The drive from Cairns to Port Douglas is spectacular. The rainforest on one side and the sea on the other. The skyway to Curumbin? Is wonderful. You can take the train up and the skyway down but I think I would just do the skyway up and down as it is so beautiful. I have done both. Train much slower of course but was great to do once.
Maybe not this time but the Whitsunday islands are magnificent. Probably my favourite place anywhere. You can stay on an island or at Arlie Beach. We have done both but last time with children in late primary school age we stayed at Arlie Beach in apartments on the hill overlooking Whitsunday Bay. Spectacular and magical. There also seemed to be more tours available from Arlie Beach. But of course the resort Island is also a great option.
Enjoy your travels.