13 days in Melbourne, Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

13 days in Melbourne, Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

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13 days in Melbourne, Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Singapore

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Family-friendly places like Melbourne Zoo and Old Melbourne Gaol will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne attractions planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Melbourne is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Singapore to Melbourne, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Singapore in December, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Melbourne: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Tours
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Eureka Skydeck ©
Eureka Skydeck

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.
Kids will enjoy Sea World Theme Park and Infinity Attraction. Go for a jaunt from Gold Coast to Brisbane to see Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, get outside with Pelican Feeding, enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach, and take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Observation Deck.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Gold Coast holiday app .

Fly from Melbourne to Gold Coast in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Gold Coast, with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
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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

5
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Port Douglas (Safaris & Four Mile Beach) and Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, look for gifts at Holloways Beach Markets, and take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Cairns vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Cairns takes 5.5 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 December: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Holloways Beach Markets, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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