9 days in Australia Itinerary

9 days in Australia Itinerary

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9 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
End: Sydney

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and stroll through Manly Beach.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Sydney trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Sydney. In April, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): meet the residents at Sea World Theme Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, then enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach, and then find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast online tour planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Brisbane.

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
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

2
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
On the 24th (Wed), kick back and relax at Moffat Beach, let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, and then find something for the whole family at Wheel of Brisbane. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and then get your game on at Psychic Readings Twin Featherz.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane online trip builder .

Drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. April in Brisbane sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sat): take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and then trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cairns road trip website .

Getting from Brisbane to Cairns by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Brisbane in April, with highs in Cairns at 34°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

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