11 days in Cairns & Gold Coast Itinerary

11 days in Cairns & Gold Coast Itinerary

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11 days in Cairns & Gold Coast Itinerary

Start: Kristiansand
Fly:  28​h
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  32​h
End: Kristiansand

2
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Trinity Beach and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Visiting Balloon Rides and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. Spend the 21st (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. It doesn't end there: take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cairns travel route builder website .

Kristiansand, Norway to Cairns is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Kristiansand to Cairns is 9 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Kristiansand in January; daily highs in Cairns reach 37°C and lows reach 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Trinity Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
River Rafting & Tubing

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Burleigh Head National Park and Coolangatta Beach. Visiting Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Kirra Beach will get you outdoors. Explore Gold Coast's surroundings by going to Lennox Head Beach (in Lennox Head) and Belongil Beach (in Byron Bay). Spend the 27th (Sun) exploring nature at Natural Bridge. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kurrawa Beach, take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Climb, and pick up some local products at Sanctuary Markets.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip builder tool .

You can fly from Cairns to Gold Coast in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cairns in January: high temperatures in Gold Coast hover around 33°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Byron Bay, Lennox Head Beach
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Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

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