9 days in Brisbane, Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

9 days in Brisbane, Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

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9 days in Brisbane, Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Singapore

3
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.
Family-friendly places like Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Moffat Beach will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and admire all the interesting features of Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane vacation planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Brisbane is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Singapore Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Singapore in August, you will find days in Brisbane are little chillier (25°C), and nights are much colder (11°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

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

3
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.
Family-friendly places like Sea World Theme Park and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World and tour the pleasant surroundings at Surfer's Paradise Beach.

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You can drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. September in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns day trip site .

You can fly from Gold Coast to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in September, things will get a bit warmer in Cairns: highs are around 33°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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