18 days in Cairns & Gold Coast Itinerary

18 days in Cairns & Gold Coast Itinerary

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18 days in Cairns & Gold Coast Itinerary

Start: Cairns
1
Cairns
— 14 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Cairns

14
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.
Visiting Daintree Discovery Centre and Four Mile Beach will get you outdoors. We've included these beaches for you: Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Port Douglas (Safaris, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, & more), Cape Tribulation (Daintree Entomological museum, Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, & more) and Cow Bay Beach (in Cow Bay). Spend the 3rd (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: admire all the interesting features of Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, enjoy the sand and surf at Yorkeys Knob Beach, head off the coast to Michaelmas Cay, and hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cairns driving holiday app .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airport is Cairns International Airport. In February in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Cape Tribulation, Cow Bay, Historic Village Herberton
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, then experience rural life at The Farm Byron Bay, and then kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, then look for all kinds of wild species at David Fleay Wildlife Park, and then kick back and relax at Kurrawa Beach.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Gold Coast in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In February, Gold Coast is slightly colder than Cairns - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Byron Bay
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Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

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