10 days in Cairns, Gold Coast & Sydney Itinerary

10 days in Cairns, Gold Coast & Sydney Itinerary

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10 days in Cairns, Gold Coast & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Pune
Fly:  16​h
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Pune

3
nights
Cairns

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Spas & Wellness (in Palm Cove) and Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas & Coffee Works Port Douglas). Spend the 30th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cairns online trip itinerary planner .

Pune, India to Cairns is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 4 hour difference. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Mossman Gorge Centre, Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then tee off at Surfers Paradise Golf Club. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, stroll through Coolangatta Beach, and then kick back and relax at Kirra Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Gold Coast road trip app .

Fly from Cairns to Gold Coast in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cairns in December; daily highs in Gold Coast reach 32°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): wander the streets of The Rocks, then admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Clovelly Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Manly Beach and then wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney online trip maker .

Getting from Gold Coast to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 21°C. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Sydney

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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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