8 days in Cairns & Gold Coast Itinerary

8 days in Cairns & Gold Coast Itinerary

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8 days in Cairns & Gold Coast Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  5​h
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Gold Coast
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

2
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Daintree Discovery Tours, Palm Cove Beach, Natural Palm Day Spa, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): get interesting insight from Tours. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: deepen your appreciation for local ecosystems through Daintree Discovery Tours, then soothe aching muscles at Natural Palm Day Spa, and then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns tour itinerary app .

Melbourne to Cairns is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in January: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 37°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Daintree Discovery Tours ©
Daintree Discovery Tours
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

5
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.
You've added Robina Town Shopping Centre, Miami Marketta, Dreamworld, and other attractions to your itinerary. Visiting Surfer's Paradise Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach will get you outdoors.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast day trip app .

Fly from Cairns to Gold Coast in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in January, expect Gold Coast to be slightly colder, temps between 33°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Floating Images Hot Air Balloon Flights
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

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