25 days in Cairns, Hamilton Island & Gold Coast Itinerary

25 days in Cairns, Hamilton Island & Gold Coast Itinerary

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25 days in Cairns, Hamilton Island & Gold Coast Itinerary

Start: Cairns
1
Cairns
— 18 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  5​h
3
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Cairns

18
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Opal Reef and Curtain Fig National Park. Visiting Babinda Boulders and Atherton Tablelands will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Historic Village Herberton (in Herberton), Port Douglas (St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, & more) and Millaa Millaa Falls (in Millaa Millaa). Spend the 14th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 30th (Sat) exploring nature at Lake Eacham Crater Lakes National Park. There's much more to do: explore and take pictures at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, delve into the lush surroundings at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, experience rural life at Gallo DairyLand, and look for all kinds of wild species at Michaelmas Cay.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns online trip itinerary planner .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airport is Cairns International Airport. In March, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Yungaburra, Palm Cove, Mareeba, The Crystal Caves
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton

3
nights
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
On the 2nd (Tue), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Jetryder, then take in the exciting artwork at Hamilton Island Art Gallery, then kick back and relax at Catseye Beach, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hamilton Island holiday planning website .

Fly from Cairns to Hamilton Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. When traveling from Cairns in April, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hamilton Island: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina

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.
On the 5th (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Natural Bridge. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Kirra Beach, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, and then kick back and relax at Kurrawa Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast road trip site .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Hamilton Island to Gold Coast takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Hamilton Island in April, Gold Coast is slightly colder at night with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Nature Beaches
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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach

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