Technically Brisbane and the Gold Coast are different cities. But with a new highway and train line – they have merged in to basically the one city. While most locals probably consider them different places – given the vast  distance between most Australian cities – for all practical purposes this is one place. The first thing you need to know about Brisbane and the Gold Coast is that the climate and weather is generally very very good! Winter especially is delightful. Brisbane suffered a large flood in 2011 but this was at least partly contributed to by poor management of the water grid and dams by the authorities.