10 days in Melbourne, Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

10 days in Melbourne, Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

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10 days in Melbourne, Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Melbourne

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Melbourne travel itinerary planner.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Melbourne. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time for travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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 4th (Fri): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea World Theme Park and then get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach, and then get in on the family fun at Sling Shot & Vomatron Amusement Rides Gold Coast.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast day trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Gold Coast takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in May, expect Gold Coast to be a bit warmer, temps between 27°C and 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay May 3 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas & Safaris). Spend the 7th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk and take in the exciting artwork at Michael Seebeck Gallery.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cairns itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Gold Coast to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Gold Coast in May: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay May 6 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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