13 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

13 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

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13 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Mumbai

3
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: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and stroll through Bondi Beach.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip itinerary maker app .

Mumbai, India to Sydney is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales), which is usually a 4 hour difference. While traveling from Mumbai, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary (in Brisbane) and Watersports Guru (in Kingscliff). Spend the 29th (Sun) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Observation Deck.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Gold Coast takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Watersports Guru
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Watersports Guru ©
Watersports Guru
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Safaris (in Port Douglas). Spend the 31st (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 3rd (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Cairns takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. On the 4th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Safaris, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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