8 days in Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

8 days in Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

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8 days in Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Chennai
+2
Fly + foot + train:  17​h 15​min
1
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Chennai

1
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): find something for the whole family at Sea World Theme Park. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, then stroll through Surfer's Paradise Beach, and then get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Gold Coast tour planner .

Chennai, India to Gold Coast is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Chennai to Gold Coast due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Chennai in April, with highs in Gold Coast at 30°C and lows at 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World ©
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach) and Port Douglas (Safaris & Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas). Spend the 27th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, don't miss a visit to Freshwater Station, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Cairns takes 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 April, with highs in Cairns at 34°C and lows at 26°C. On the 1st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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