44 days in Cairns & Gold Coast Itinerary

44 days in Cairns & Gold Coast Itinerary

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44 days in Cairns & Gold Coast Itinerary

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

40
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Crystal Caves and Spy & Camera Museum. Popular historic sites such as Historic Village Herberton and St Monica's Cathedral are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Kuranda (Birdworld Kuranda, BatReach, & more), Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness (in Cape Tribulation) and Yungaburra (Lake Barrine, Curtain Fig National Park, & more). Spend the 14th (Fri) exploring nature at Lake Eacham Crater Lakes National Park. Spend the 24th (Mon) exploring nature at Millstream Falls National Park. There's lots more to do: get a tailor-made plan with Private Tours, enjoy the sand and surf at Etty Bay, explore the striking landscape at Babinda Boulders, and look for all kinds of wild species at Granite Gorge Nature Park.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cairns day trip tool .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Cairns International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in May, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Yungaburra, Kuranda, Atherton, Millaa Millaa
Find places to stay May 29 — Jul 8:
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Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Curtain Fig National Park ©
Curtain Fig National Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): view the masterpieces at Hammer and Hand Byron Bay Jewellery and Metal Collective, then take in the exciting artwork at Thomgallery, and then kick back and relax at Wategos Beach. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Tugun Beach, then kick back and relax at Greenmount Beach, and then enjoy the sea views from Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip itinerary website .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Gold Coast takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cairns in July, with highs in Gold Coast at 69°F and lows at 49°F. On the 11th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Byron Bay
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 11:
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Greenmount Beach ©
Greenmount Beach
Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse ©
David Fleay Wildlife Park ©
David Fleay Wildlife Park

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