10 days in Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

10 days in Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

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10 days in Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Gold Coast
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Melbourne

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.
Gold Coast is known for theme parks, beaches, shopping, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get in on the family fun at Sea World Theme Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach, kick back and relax at Surfer's Paradise Beach, and buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Shopping Centre.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Gold Coast tour itinerary builder app .

Melbourne to Gold Coast is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in May, expect Gold Coast to be somewhat warmer, temps between 27°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World

4
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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach) and Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas & Safaris). Spend the 7th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, take in the exciting artwork at Michael Seebeck Gallery, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns visit website .

Getting from Gold Coast to Cairns by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In May, Cairns is somewhat warmer than Gold Coast - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Port Douglas
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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