Days 1 - 3: Brisbane
Queensland’s capital might be set further back from the coast compared to other Aussie cities but its tropical climate and proximity to hotspots like the Gold Coast and Noosa make it an ideal base to go beach hunting both in and out of the city centre.
- Seek out a city oasis at Streets Beach
An iconic man-made beach overlooking the Brisbane River in the city’s South Bank Parklands, Streets Beach is a haven for visitors looking to relax after a day exploring the CBD.
- Dine among the dunes at Main Beach, Gold Coast
Catch a train from Brisbane to the Gold Coast and be spoiled for beaches, Surfer’s Paradise is the main hotspot but if you’re visiting at peak season, we recommend the more mellow, Main Beach where you can relax on an expansive stretch of white sand fringed with picturesque sand dunes.
- Walk from Mermaid Beach to Nobby Beach, Gold Coast
Just south of the more popular beaches, you’ll find a near-empty stretch of sand that’s so fine it squeaks as you stroll along it. Pair the stunning ocean views with local baked goods, brunch spots or even a quick cocktail at one of the many restaurants, bars and cafes that line the way.