10 days in Gold Coast, Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

10 days in Gold Coast, Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

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10 days in Gold Coast, Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Gold Coast
1
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Gold Coast

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise, then look for all kinds of wild species at David Fleay Wildlife Park, then kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: buy something for everyone on your list at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, stroll through Surfer's Paradise Beach, then revel in the low prices at Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Marina Mirage.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Gold Coast journey site .

If you are flying in from India, the closest major airports are Brisbane International Airport and Gold Coast Airport. In December, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise 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.
The Royal Botanic Garden has been added to your itinerary. For shopping fun, head to Queen Victoria Building (QVB) or Volle Jewellery. Visit Bondi Beach and Manly Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of Sydney to go to Blacktown and see Featherdale Wildlife Park, which is approximately 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: wander the streets of The Rocks, tour the pleasant surroundings at Clovelly, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Sydney trip itinerary tool .

You can fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Featherdale Wildlife Park
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Australian National Maritime Museum ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Fitzroy Island National Park as well as Cairns Central Shopping Centre. Spend the 27th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: stop by Australian Leather Company.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Cairns tour builder site .

Fly from Sydney to Cairns in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, Cairns is a bit warmer than Sydney - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Fitzroy Island National Park
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Fitzroy Island National Park ©
Fitzroy Island National Park
Australian Leather Company ©
Australian Leather Company

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