34 days in Cairns & Gold Coast Itinerary

34 days in Cairns & Gold Coast Itinerary

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34 days in Cairns & Gold Coast Itinerary

Start: Cairns
1
Cairns
— 30 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Cairns

30
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 discover tucked-away gems like Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Historic Village Herberton. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Palm Cove Beach, & more), Rex Lookout (in Wangetti) and Yungaburra (Lake Barrine, Curtain Fig National Park, & more). Spend the 18th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 27th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Michaelmas Cay, meet the residents at Cairns Aquarium, see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, and don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns travel route planning app .

Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Yungaburra, Kuranda, Atherton, Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Balloon Rides

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): kick back and relax at Burleigh Head National Park, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Shopping Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at Sea World Theme Park.

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Getting from Cairns to Gold Coast by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In January, Gold Coast is a bit cooler than Cairns - with highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trip

Stand-Up Paddleboarding
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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