With my boyfriend we'll be flying into/out of Gold Coast airport August 15-22 and plan to get the most out of the region while we're there.
I'd appreciate some advice as I've been raking my head for a while now on how to do this, taking into account that we want to cover quite a big space (geographically and thematically) in way too little time. Fyi, we're not into theme parks but rather nature (both sea and mountain) and culture, and used to cover big distances when travelling.
I've put together the following planning:
Day one, Wed – fly into OOL in the evening, direct bus to Brisbane CBD (Air Asia), night in Brisbane
Day two, Thu – pick up our campervan (Jucy) first thing, drive straight out of town towards the North, Sunshine Coast, night around Noosa
Day three, Fri – Fraser Island day trip, night on Fraser Coast
Day four, Sat – hitting the road early for Australia Zoo, then straight to Gold Coast
Day five, Sun – GC Hinterland or Byron Bay
Day six, Mon – Whalewatching tour + Sea world, Surfer's Paradise
Day seven, Tue – mornign drive up the coast back to Brisbane to return our campervan at 1pm, visit Brisbane
Day eight, Wed – visit Brisbane, 5pm direct bus to OOL (Air Asia), flight out late in the evening
I'd appreciate any comment on the plan + suggestions on how to improve it.
I'd also appreciate specific suggestions on what to visit in SC, and GC hinterland, both a little less obvious. Is Byron Bay worth the day or should we rather spend time doing a trek inland (I hear it's nice around Mt Tambourine, Springbrook or Lamington NP)?
Also, the reason why we're taking the campervan from Brisbane is that I couldn't find a comparable alternative in the Gold Coast area. Jucy has family cars remodelled into campervans which are a lot more agile than the regular campervans. Being able to move around quickly takes priority over space. If anyone knows a Jucy-type of a rent-a-camper in Gold Coast, I'm all ears.
I've just noticed that our schedule would bring us to Fraser Island and Australia Zoo on Fri/Sat. Does it make a big difference, would it be worth it switching the days around so that those visits do not fall on weekend?
Any help is much appreciated!