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Brisbane or Surfers Paradise?

by isabella1976 Online Now Jan 14, 2009 at 2:14 PM

Hi all,

We are going to Australia in July 09 for about a week and have picked Surfers Paradise/Gold Coast/Brisbane to see.

Does anyone recommend staying in one of these places more than the other? We want to see them all but not sure which is the best. We are not wild party goers etc but enjoy good food and having a few beers/wine, but do want to see the where the wild party goers go in Surfers as well ;o) We also love seeing live bands.

Top on our list while there would be:

1. To hug a koala/see wildlife - any wildlife sanctuaries anyone recommends?
2. Go to Sea World and Movie World.
3. See Surfers Paradise.
4. See Brisbane and all its places of interest.
5. Stay somewhere in the middle of all of this so its easy to get around to all of the above and get to and from Brisbane Airport without too much hassle ;o)

This site is such a cool site and I can't be grateful enough for all the responses I've had in the past in helping planning a . So thanks in advance for responses I might get for this.

Isabel :)

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    Re: Brisbane or Surfers Paradise?

    by balhannah Online Now Jan 14, 2009 at 4:13 PM

    Hullo there,
    Its easy to commute from the Gold coast to Brisbane, via train or buses. I would probably recommend staying at the Gold Coast, as Sea World, Movie World, would take up a day each. A day to have a look at Surfers and surrounds. A good wildlife sanctuary, and its on the coast, is Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, www.currumbin-sanctuary.org.au There are shows, animals to see, feed the Lorikeets, another day gone. Perhaps, a Canal cruise, to see where the rich and famous live. I love O'Reillys in the hinterland, day tours go here, you may call into a winery, visit the mountain, great views, treetop walk amongst the rainforest, wild Parrots that will feed out of your hand, nice cafe, with views and more birds. You may see Pademelons (wallaby) as you walk the rainforest track. Another nice spot is Mt. Tamborine. All this, and we haven't got to Brisbane yet. Have a look at my pages for tips and photos, also Tweed Heads area on the far end of the coast.. Hope this helps a little, I'm sure others will fill you in with more ideas.

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    Re: Brisbane or Surfers Paradise?

    by balhannah Online Now Jan 14, 2009 at 4:25 PM

    My Lamington National Park pages has info on O'Reillys etc.

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    Re: Brisbane or Surfers Paradise?

    by Maryimelda Online Now Jan 14, 2009 at 5:07 PM

    I'd be inclined to spend four or five days on the Gold Coast to do all or some of the things that the previous poster has suggested, then move to Brisbane for two or three days before flying out. There is also a lot to see in Brisbane and Lone Pine Sanctuary (reachable by a river cruise) is a good place to cuddle a koala. I would suggest staying in a hotel in or around the city (Southbank, Kangaroo Point, Spring Hill etc) for convenience. There is much to do and see in Brisbane that can be done on foot or else you can use any of the many day tour options if you so wish.

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  • Re: Brisbane or Surfers Paradise?

    by isabella1976 Online Now Jan 14, 2009 at 7:22 PM

    Hey all thanks for all your answers - very helpful.

    Does anyone know how long it takes to commute between brisbane and surfers' paradise?

    Thanks,
    Isabel :)

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    Re: Brisbane or Surfers Paradise?

    by balhannah Online Now Jan 14, 2009 at 8:03 PM

    Website www.surfersparadise.com has info, approx 1 hour 50mins by coach or train. Private car about an hour. Four lane highway a lot of the way.

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    Re: Brisbane or Surfers Paradise?

    by wise23girl Online Now Jan 14, 2009 at 10:48 PM

    If you are traveling by car to Surfers from Brisbane the Gateway Bridge(Toll Bridge) is quite busy in the afternoon.To put it mildly. The other option is to take the city bypass through Brisbane. Eventually you come to the same motorway. You can phone or look on line 131940.qld.gov.au/default.sh... for traffic reports on the day. All depends what time you land which is the better option.

    If you are driving via Gateway can give a bit more help if you let us know.

    Or there is a train all the way from the airport to Robina from there bus or arrange a car into Surfers.Depends how flexible you are.
    There is also an airport bus perhaps the easier option.

    My thought would be visit Gold Coast first then arrange to stay on the North side of Brisbane so you do not risk hold ups again it is the Gateway.

    If you stay in the city centre that would be good to take the air train from Central Station.

    Oh by the way Jupiters Casino (Broadbeach not far from Surfers) and Treasury Casino (Brisbane)have night life even if you do not gamble. Some good eating spots too but sometimes a bit of a queue Friday/Saturday

    From Brisbane you can also train it north to Australia Zoo or tour as well I imagine.
    All the best
    Marg

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    Re: Brisbane or Surfers Paradise?

    by bitbit Online Now Jan 15, 2009 at 7:46 PM

    do you have to choose one over the other? in my opinion..the best choice will be to stay like 3-4nights in gold coast (explore gold coast and its vicinity) and then the remaining nights in brisbane (explore brisbane and its vicinity)...so you get a good taste of both.

    brisbane to surfers paradise would take just slightly more than an hour if you are driving. if you are doing the theme parks...then you should stay around surfers. but if you would prefer cheaper accommodations and quieter beaches, i'd recommend staying further south towards coolangatta.

    you can also consider spending a night at mt tamborine if you'd like a change from the sun, sand and sea view.

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  • Re: Brisbane or Surfers Paradise?

    by isabella1976 Online Now Jan 19, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    Awesome, thanks so much guys for all your answers :o)

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