21 days in Cairns & Gold Coast Itinerary

21 days in Cairns & Gold Coast Itinerary

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21 days in Cairns & Gold Coast Itinerary

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

17
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 some historical perspective at Historic Village Herberton and St Monica's Cathedral. Get a sense of the local culture at Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio and Spy & Camera Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Palm Cove Beach, & more), Port Douglas (St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, Safaris, & more) and Yungaburra (Lake Barrine & Curtain Fig National Park). Spend the 24th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 7th (Wed) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tablelands, head off the coast to Michaelmas Cay, experience rural life at Gallo DairyLand, and trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip planner.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airport is Cairns International Airport. In October, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Kuranda, Cape Tribulation, Herberton
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, stroll through Kirra Beach, then visit a coastal fixture at Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse, and finally shop like a local with Palm Beach Currumbin Farmers Markets. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at You and Bamboo, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse, and then gear up at Gear Rentals.

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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 slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cairns in November, with highs in Gold Coast at 30°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Byron Bay, You and Bamboo
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach

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