9 days in Cairns & Gold Coast Itinerary

9 days in Cairns & Gold Coast Itinerary

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9 days in Cairns & Gold Coast Itinerary

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

6
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Atherton Tablelands and Shark Diving. Historic Village Herberton and The Crystal Caves are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Port Douglas (St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, Sunday Market Port Douglas, & more), Cathedral Fig Tree (in Yungaburra) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Birdworld Kuranda, admire the sheer force of Josephine Falls, take in the exciting artwork at Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns, and head off the coast to Michaelmas Cay.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary planning tool .

Sydney to Cairns is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in June, with highs in Cairns at 30°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Granite Gorge Nature Park, The Crystal Caves, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Historic Village Herberton
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Natural Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park and then kick back and relax at Kirra Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Gold Coast tour itinerary planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Gold Coast in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in July, expect Gold Coast to be a bit cooler, temps between 24°C and 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Nature Beaches
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

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