8 days in Cairns & Gold Coast Itinerary

8 days in Cairns & Gold Coast Itinerary

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8 days in Cairns & Gold Coast Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Gold Coast
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Tokyo

1
night
Cairns

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Babinda Boulders and then identify plant and animal life at Tablelands, Waterfalls, and Spanish Castle. On your second day here, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find photos and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns online holiday planner .

Tokyo, Japan to Cairns is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tokyo to Cairns. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Tokyo in December: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

#Wildlife, #Adventure, #Tours

Side Trip

Babinda Boulders
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Babinda Boulders ©
Babinda Boulders

5
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Kids will enjoy Sea World Theme Park and Warner Bros. Movie World. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Burleigh Head National Park. Step out of Gold Coast with an excursion to Glow Worm Caves in North Tamborine--about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach, get in on the family fun at Sling Shot & Vomatron Amusement Rides Gold Coast, get your game on at Timezone Surfers Paradise, and try for a hole-in-one at Putt Putt Mermaid Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Gold Coast trip maker website .

Fly from Cairns to Gold Coast in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Cairns in December; daily highs in Gold Coast reach 32°C and lows reach 22°C. You'll set off for home on the 23rd (Sun).

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Theme Parks, #Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Glow Worm Caves
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

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