20 days in Cairns, Gold Coast & Sydney Itinerary

20 days in Cairns, Gold Coast & Sydney Itinerary

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20 days in Cairns, Gold Coast & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  23​h
1
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Manchester

6
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 outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Four Mile Beach and Trinity Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Port Douglas (Safaris & Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the sheer force of Josephine Falls, get interesting insight from Tours, and view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Cairns is 10 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in December: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Trinity Beach
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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.
Relax by the water at Burleigh Heads Beach and Dicky Beach. Get in touch with nature at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Moffat Beach. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach, play a few rounds at Surfers Paradise Golf Club, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea World Theme Park, and get outside with Pelican Feeding.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Gold Coast vacation planner .

Fly from Cairns to Gold Coast in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In January, Gold Coast is a bit cooler than Cairns - with highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Caloundra, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

7
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate The Rocks and Elizabeth Bay House. Get outdoors at Bondi Beach and Clovelly Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to The National Pass (in Blue Mountains National Park) and Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba). Spend the 15th (Wed) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's still lots to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, steep yourself in history at Justice & Police Museum, and kick back and relax at Manly Beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Sydney trip planner .

You can fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. January in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

The National Pass, Sydney Harbour National Park, Wentworth Falls
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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