11 days in Melbourne, Gold Coast & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

11 days in Melbourne, Gold Coast & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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11 days in Melbourne, Gold Coast & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
3
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: New Delhi

2
nights
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, shopping, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, tour the pleasant surroundings at Melbourne Zoo, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne itinerary builder tool .

New Delhi, India to Melbourne is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria), which is usually a 4 hour difference. Traveling from New Delhi in December, Melbourne is a bit warmer at night with lows of 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Museums Tours
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach, and then find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Gold Coast planner .

Fly from Melbourne to Gold Coast in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Melbourne in December since evenings lows in Gold Coast dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Gold Coast

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

1
night
Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas day trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Gold Coast to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Gold Coast in December: high temperatures in Port Douglas hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

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.
On the 18th (Wed), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Cairns trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

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