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: Dubai
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 10 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Dubai

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness. For shopping fun, head to Tanks Arts Centre or Australian Leather Company. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Safaris (in Port Douglas) and Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). There's more to do: stroll through Trinity Beach and hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cairns travel route planning site .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Cairns is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Cairns is 6 hours. In November, daytime highs in Cairns are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Safaris, Tanks Arts Centre, Trinity Beach, Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

4
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.
Visiting Burleigh Heads Beach and Coolangatta Beach will get you outdoors. Head to Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Robina Town Shopping Centrefor plenty of shopping. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach, look for gifts at Miami Marketta, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kirra Beach, and explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Gold Coast trip website .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Gold Coast takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Cairns in November, with highs in Gold Coast at 30°C and lows at 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach

10
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.
You'll explore and learn at Australian National Maritime Museum and Brett Whiteley Studio. Take a break from the city and head to Bondi Beach and Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: The National Pass (in Blue Mountains National Park), Rick Rutherford's Country (in Lawson) and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge). The adventure continues: browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, shop like a local with Queen Victoria Building (QVB), and get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Sydney road 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. In November, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 19°C. On the 6th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

The National Pass, Rick Rutherford's Country, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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