19 days in Cairns & Gold Coast Region Itinerary

19 days in Cairns & Gold Coast Region Itinerary

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19 days in Cairns & Gold Coast Region Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 9 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Tamborine Mountain
— 6 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Amsterdam

9
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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach, Spas & Wellness, & more) and Port Douglas (Safaris, Four Mile Beach, & more). Spend the 20th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, tour the water at your own pace with Shaolin Junk Cruises, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Cairns trip planner .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Cairns is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Cairns. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in October; daily highs in Cairns reach 34°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tamborine Mountain.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Sugarworld Waterpark, Cairns Kart Hire Track
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

6
nights
Tamborine Mountain

Tamborine Mountain ©
Explore Tamborine Mountain's surroundings by going to Canungra (Mountview Alpaca Farm & Marian Valley - Shrine of Our Lady Help of Christians) and Killarney Glen (in Beechmont).

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Tamborine Mountain road trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Cairns to Tamborine Mountain in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, train, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in October, expect Tamborine Mountain to be slightly colder, temps between 29°C and 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamborine Mountain

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Canungra, Killarney Glen
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Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens ©
Australian Outback Opals ©
Australian Outback Opals
Crystal Mountain ©
Crystal Mountain

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