11 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

11 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

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11 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

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

5
nights
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

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If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. In April in Sydney, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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.
Spend the 19th (Fri) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park. There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, make a splash at Dreamworld, and enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Gold Coast road trip planning tool .

Getting from Sydney to Gold Coast by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in April, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) 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
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip planner .

Getting from Gold Coast to Cairns by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in April, expect Cairns to be somewhat warmer, temps between 85°F and 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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