45 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

45 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

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45 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Munich
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 21 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 18 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Munich

21
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Jenolan Caves and Redhead Beach. Get in touch with nature at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Wind Eroded Cave (in Blackheath), Shelly Beach (in Manly) and Katoomba (Echo Point Lookout & Wentworth Falls). Spend the 17th (Wed) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, stroll through Coogee Beach, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sydney trip planner .

Munich, Germany to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Munich to Sydney. In October, Sydney is a bit warmer than Munich - with highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wollongong, Katoomba, Avalon Beach, Shelly Beach RockPool, Wind Eroded Cave
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Palm Beach ©
Palm Beach
Terrigal Beach ©
Terrigal Beach

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 4th (Sun): Head underground at Glow Worm Caves, enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Natural Bridge.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Gold Coast sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Gold Coast takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In November in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Caves
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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Caves ©

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Attractions like Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Kuranda (Birdworld Kuranda & Australian Butterfly Sanctuary), Port Douglas (Coffee Works, Four Mile Beach, & more) and Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Spas & Wellness, & more). Spend the 6th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 16th (Fri) exploring nature at Curtain Fig National Park. And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Michaelmas Cay, take in the dramatic natural features at Babinda Boulders, identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tablelands, and browse the exhibits of Historic Village Herberton.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip planner.

You can fly from Gold Coast to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in November, things will get a bit warmer in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Kuranda, Yungaburra, Mareeba
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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