22 days in Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

22 days in Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

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22 days in Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Dubai
+2
Fly + foot + train:  18​h 45​min
1
Gold Coast
— 7 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Gold Coast
— 8 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Dubai

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.
Head to Eat Street Northshore and Cavill Mallfor plenty of shopping. Get outdoors at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Lennox Head Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gold Coast: Belongil Beach (in Byron Bay) and Brisbane (Gallery of Modern Art, Relove Oxley, & more). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Wynnum Esplanade, try your luck at The Star Gold Coast Casino, enjoy the sea views from Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse, and explore and take pictures at Paradise Country.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast visit planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Gold Coast is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or fly. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Dubai to Gold Coast due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Dubai in July: high temperatures in Gold Coast hover around 24°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Brisbane, Lennox Head Beach, Wynnum Esplanade, Belongil Beach
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Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Greenmount Beach ©
Greenmount Beach

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.
Daintree Discovery Centre and Floravilla Ice Cream Factory are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to Village Gallery and Sunday Market Port Douglasfor some retail therapy. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Port Douglas (Des Spencer Galleries, Four Mile Beach, & more). Spend the 29th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: view the masterpieces at Doongal Aboriginal Art.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip builder tool .

Getting from Gold Coast to Cairns by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in July, things will get a bit warmer in Cairns: highs are around 30°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, Daintree Discovery Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

8
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
You'll get in some beach time at Surfers Paradise Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Step out of the city life by going to Burleigh Heads Beach and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Explore Gold Coast's surroundings by going to Tropical Fruit World (in Duranbah), O'Reillys Birds of Prey (in Lamington National Park) and Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah). See even more of Gold Coast: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Shopping Centre, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and look for all kinds of wild species at David Fleay Wildlife Park.

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast online route planner .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Gold Coast takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In August, Gold Coast is slightly colder than Cairns - with highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Byron Bay, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Tropical Fruit World, O'Reillys Birds of Prey, Fishing Charters & Tours
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David Fleay Wildlife Park ©
David Fleay Wildlife Park
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

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