It wouldn't be worth it to me but then I'm not a huge fan of the Gold Coast (I think the Sunshine Coast is much nicer) I'm not into theme parks and high rise properties. Sure there's more to ache Gold last than that. I prefer doing the galleries I Brisbane and hopping on a city at or the city hoped for river views and also a stroll around Southbank. I also like all the restaurants and bars at Eagle Street Pier. The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuarbis great to.
That's me though and I'm not you. I've no idea what is worth it for you. What do you enjoy doing? Will you have a car for the day?
There is plenty to see in Brisbane for a day. You will spend 2 to 3 hours driving to and from the coast (depending on time of day).
You could go to::-
Roma St Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary (Cuddle a koala)
Take a City Cat ride and see Brisbane from the river.
Thanks so much! I´m beginning to think that a day in Brisbane is better for us non-beach-goers. Thanks for all the suggestions. I will now study the city and its attractions. - If Gold Coast or Sunshine coast are just pretty beaches we will skip them. We will be coming from Bali with pretty beaches there.
Personally, I prefer the beaches of the Sunny coast to Bali, but with only one day and ypur stated intersts, it does not make sense to drive more than an hour each way to a beach you are not desperate to see.
To add to FrankSue's suggestions, GOMA ino is a must see, as is a Citycat ride downriver to Newfarm Park. A wonderful way to see the city. If you like walking, you can do a self guided walk through the suburb of Newfarm and check out the interesting architecture - especially some of the beautiful "Old Queenslander" homes there. You could walk up to Chinatown then train/bus back to the city.
To cover everything we have suggested you would need three/four days, so choose carefully!
So many people forget about our beautiful national parks in the Gold Coast Hinterland, about 30 minutes inland from the beach. Mount Tambourine is a pretty drive, from Brisbane a 50 minute drive.... so worth it for the speciality shops, lots of locally made arts and crafts and local cuisine.
Definitely worth the drive!
Here is some more information on Mount Tambourine
Totally worth it. It’s only an hour away and beaches are beautiful. Bare in mind the people answering this forum have the luxury of seeing these beaches all the time and doing sunshine and Gold Coast. But if GC is still stunning and worth the trip.
But it depends on what you’re used to... if you live by the coast normally and are used to endless views if the ocean you might not be impressed. But if you don’t get to the beach often it stunning. I live in Brisbane and just love escaping to the coast and we do day trips.
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