9 days in Australia Itinerary

9 days in Australia Itinerary

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9 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Detroit
+2
Fly + foot + train:  25​h
1
Gold Coast
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
3
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Detroit

1
day
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 18th (Wed), stroll through Coolangatta Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Burleigh Head National Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Gold Coast travel website .

Detroit, USA to Gold Coast is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Detroit to Gold Coast, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Detroit in July, with highs in Gold Coast at 69°F and lows at 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, then enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Gold Coast to Cairns by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairns: highs are around 79°F and lows about 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

1
night
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): examine the collection at Old Parliament House and then engage your brain at Questacon. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, then explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery, and then take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Canberra trip planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Canberra in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Cairns in July; daily highs in Canberra reach 53°F and lows reach 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums
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Old Parliament House ©
Old Parliament House
National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks.

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You can drive from Canberra to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Canberra in July, things will get a bit warmer in Sydney: highs are around 65°F and lows about 47°F. On the 24th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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