23 days in Cairns & Gold Coast Itinerary

23 days in Cairns & Gold Coast Itinerary

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23 days in Cairns & Gold Coast Itinerary

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

2
nights
Cairns

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nature & Wildlife Tours as well as Shark Diving. Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach. On your second day here, take a stroll around Tanks Arts Centre, browse the different shops at Smithfield Shopping Centre, then brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip planner .

Gold Coast to Cairns is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Gold Coast in July; daily highs in Cairns reach 30°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Smithfield Shopping Centre, The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, Tanks Arts Centre
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

20
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 some cultural insight at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Wolston Farmhouse. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Surfer's Paradise Beach and Coolangatta Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gold Coast: Venman Bushland National Park (in Mount Cotton), Gators Aquariums (in Redbank Plains) and Tropical Fruit World (in Duranbah). Pack the 18th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Dreamworld. Spend the 30th (Mon) exploring nature at Natural Bridge. There's lots more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, stop by Miami Marketta, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kirra Beach, and get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip itinerary builder tool .

You can fly from Cairns to Gold Coast in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Cairns in July; daily highs in Gold Coast reach 24°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Byron Bay, North Tamborine, Lamington National Park, Venman Bushland National Park, Captain Cook Highway
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Pacific Fair Shopping Centre ©
Pacific Fair Shopping Centre
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

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