My wife and I will be arriving in Brisbane on March 16, 2013. We plan on spending a week in the Gold Coast. What public transportation is available between Brisbane and the Gold Coast? We both like to hang out at the beach--in fact, I met my wife on Manhattan Beach in Southern California in 1967. We are both 70 and always make our own travel arrangements. We just returned from a 7 day bike tour in southern Italy. Last year we went to Bora Bora/Moorea and the year before did a safari in Tanzania. We are budget travels and prefer to stay in 2/3/4 star accommodations. Any recommendations pertainng to what beaches to visit and or lodging would be most appreciated. We would prefer to spend about $150/night on lodging. I think that Trip-Advisor is the best for planing a trip and we have received excellent advice for all of our trips. Thanks.