9 days in Australia Itinerary

9 days in Australia Itinerary

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9 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 1 night
+3
shuttle + Fly + foot + ferry:  6​h
3
Airlie Beach
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h 45​min
4
Gold Coast
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Hobart
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  27​h
End: New York City

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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.
On the 23rd (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, and then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns holiday maker .

New York City, USA to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from New York City to Cairns. In December, Cairns is much hotter than New York City - with highs of 88°F and lows of 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Balloon Rides

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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): explore the gorgeous colors at Agincourt Reef and then look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In December, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge Centre
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Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre

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Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach ©
Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
On the 26th (Wed), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then stroll through Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Airlie Beach road trip website .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry from Port Douglas to Airlie Beach takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in December, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Kayaking & Canoeing

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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.
On the 27th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and train from Airlie Beach to Gold Coast takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Gold Coast, with lows around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Gold Coast

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

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Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): engage your brain at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, then identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally contemplate the long history of Hobart Convict Penitentiary.

To find reviews and more tourist information, read Hobart day trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Hobart takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Gold Coast in December: high temperatures in Hobart hover around 70°F and lows are around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail
Hobart Convict Penitentiary ©
Hobart Convict Penitentiary

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