28 days in Cairns Region & Gold Coast Itinerary

28 days in Cairns Region & Gold Coast Itinerary

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28 days in Cairns Region & Gold Coast Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 13 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Gold Coast
— 12 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  30​h
End: London

13
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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, & more). Spend the 22nd (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 26th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and do some two-wheel cruising with Trail Bike Adventures.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns day trip planner.

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Cairns. Traveling from London in May, you will find days in Cairns are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are much hotter (24°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Cairns Kart Hire Track, Trinity Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Crystal Cascades
Find places to stay May 21 — Jun 3:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

12
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 out of town with these interesting Gold Coast side-trips: Glow Worm Caves (in North Tamborine), Byron Bay (Cape Byron Walking Track & Cape Byron Lighthouse) and Caloundra (Dicky Beach & Moffat Beach). Spend the 15th (Fri) exploring nature at Natural Bridge. Spend the 10th (Sun) exploring nature at Nerang National Park. Next up on the itinerary: meet the residents at Sea World Theme Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Observation Deck, and get in on the family fun at Dreamworld.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Gold Coast trip itinerary app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cairns to Gold Coast. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Cairns in June, with highs in Gold Coast at 24°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Caloundra, Byron Bay, Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Caves, Captain Cook Highway
Find places to stay Jun 3 — 15:
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World ©
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach

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