12 days in Melbourne, Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

12 days in Melbourne, Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

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12 days in Melbourne, Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Durham
train + Fly:  27​h
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Durham

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.
Dedicate the 31st (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, make a trip to Flinders Street Station, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Melbourne online trip itinerary planner .

Durham, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 27-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Durham to Melbourne, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Durham in December: highs in Melbourne hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Tours, #Parks, #Museums
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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.
Gold Coast is known for theme parks, beaches, shopping, nightlife, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get in on the family fun at Sea World Theme Park, cool off at Dreamworld, kick back and relax at Surfer's Paradise Beach, and buy something for everyone on your list at Marina Mirage.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Gold Coast holiday planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Gold Coast in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Gold Coast, with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) 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
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Warner Bros. Movie World ©
Warner Bros. Movie World

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.
On the 6th (Sun), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On your second day here, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, then hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

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Getting from Gold Coast to Cairns by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairns: highs are around 37°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Adventure, #Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

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