16 days in Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

16 days in Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

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16 days in Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

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

6
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Burleigh Head National Park and Coolangatta Beach. Kids will appreciate attractions like Kirra Beach and Zipline. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gold Coast: Byron Bay (Belongil Beach & Spas & Wellness), Broken Head Nature Reserve (in Broken Head) and Brisbane (Suncorp Stadium & Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary). Spend the 25th (Tue) exploring nature at Natural Bridge. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach, take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Climb, kick back and relax at Kurrawa Beach, and tee off at Surfers Paradise Golf Club.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip itinerary builder website .

Sydney to Gold Coast is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In June in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Brisbane, Byron Bay, Broken Head Nature Reserve
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

8
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Michaelmas Cay and Trinity Beach. Get outdoors at Atherton Tablelands and Daintree National Park. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Rex Lookout (in Wangetti), Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). Spend the 2nd (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 30th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground, view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones, get interesting insight from Tours, and steep yourself in history at Historic Village Herberton.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip planner .

You can fly from Gold Coast to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in June, things will get a bit warmer in Cairns: highs are around 30°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Historic Village Herberton, Trinity Beach, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Artistree Gallery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

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