7 days in Australia Itinerary

7 days in Australia Itinerary

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7 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Sydney

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, make a trip to Sydney Opera House, then hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and finally take a stroll through The Rocks. On the next day, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, then enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Sydney trip maker tool .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Sydney. In August in Sydney, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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night
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 5th (Mon): stroll through Burleigh Head National Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Gold Coast trip planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

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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.
On the 6th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then stroll through Trinity Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Palm Cove Beach, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Cairns itinerary planner .

You can fly from Gold Coast to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Gold Coast in August, with highs in Cairns at 31°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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Port Douglas

Port Douglas ©
A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then explore the gorgeous colors at Agincourt Reef, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and finally identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In August, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge Centre
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Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Scuba & Snorkeling
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre

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