20 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

20 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia trip planner

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

20 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

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


6
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.
Spend the 23rd (Fri) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney planning site .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Sydney is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Dubai to Sydney due to the time zone difference. In November, Sydney is little chillier than Dubai - with highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Gold Coast side-trips: Moffat Beach (in Caloundra), Wategos Beach (in Byron Bay) and Ted's Corner (in Capalaba). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Sea World Theme Park, don't miss a visit to Rotary Carousel Broadbeach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach, and browse the different shops at Marina Mirage.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Gold Coast takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Ted's Corner, Wategos Beach, Moffat Beach
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World ©
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach

7
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 Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Safaris, & more) and Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 30th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, look for gifts at WetRez, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

To see maps and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planner .

Getting from Gold Coast to Cairns by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Gold Coast in November, with highs in Cairns at 36°C and lows at 26°C. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Cairns Kart Hire Track
Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 6:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

Similar Plans

21 days in Sydney & Cairns BY A USER FROM JERSEY October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 21 days in Australia BY A USER FROM SPAIN September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 21 days in Sydney BY A USER FROM GERMANY November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular sights PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Slow & easy 19 days in Sydney BY A USER FROM GREECE August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 22 days in Australia BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 22 days in Melbourne, Brisbane & Sydney BY A USER FROM GERMANY December, teens, kids, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, teens, kids, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 18 days in Melbourne & Sydney BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 23 days in Australia BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 21 days in Australia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 30 days in Sydney BY A USER FROM SAUDI ARABIA September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 60 days in Sydney BY A USER FROM SAUDI ARABIA September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 59 days in Australia BY A USER FROM ISRAEL January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, fast-paced, popular sights PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Fast-paced
View more plans
Find a travel specialist
TRAVEL AGENT