21 days in Melbourne, Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

21 days in Melbourne, Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

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21 days in Melbourne, Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Ahmedabad
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Gold Coast
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 7 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Ahmedabad

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Bring the kids along to Melbourne Zoo and Old Melbourne Gaol. Take a break from Melbourne with a short trip to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee, about 42 minutes away. Dedicate the 4th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, get lost in a book at State Library of Victoria, and brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Melbourne trip itinerary planning website .

Ahmedabad, India to Melbourne is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST), which is usually a 4 hour difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Ahmedabad in May, with highs in Melbourne at 20°C and lows at 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Parks Museums

Side Trips

St. Kilda Beach, Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

7
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.
Attractions like Sea World Theme Park and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Gold Coast: Dicky Beach (in Caloundra) and Glow Worm Caves (in North Tamborine). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach, kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach, and identify plant and animal life at Burleigh Head National Park.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip site .

Fly from Melbourne to Gold Coast in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May, Gold Coast is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Dicky Beach, Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Caves
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Dreamworld ©
Dreamworld

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Safaris, & more). And it doesn't end there: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, stroll through Trinity Beach, and tour the water at your own pace with Shaolin Junk Cruises.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cairns attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Cairns takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Gold Coast in May, with highs in Cairns at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

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

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