9 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

9 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

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9 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Adelaide

3
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Head to Sydney Fish Market and Belle Fleur Fine Chocolatesfor some retail therapy. Take a break from the city and head to Bondi Beach and Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and kick back and relax at Manly Beach.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Sydney trip builder app .

Adelaide to Sydney is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Adelaide in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Sydney, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Coogee Beach ©
Coogee Beach

2
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.
On the 28th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach, stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach, and then kick back and relax at Burleigh Head National Park. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Shopping Centre.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Gold Coast trip itinerary planning app .

You can fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. September in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

3
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Relax by the water at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Port Douglas (Four Mile Beach & Coffee Works).

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cairns attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Cairns takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in September, expect Cairns to be somewhat warmer, temps between 33°C and 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Port Douglas, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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