9 days in Sydney, Cairns & Gold Coast Itinerary

9 days in Sydney, Cairns & Gold Coast Itinerary

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9 days in Sydney, Cairns & Gold Coast Itinerary

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

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Darling Harbour, Sea Life Sydney Aquarium and Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. On the 5th (Fri), take a stroll through Darling Harbour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, then kick back and relax at Clovelly Beach, then kick back and relax at Manly Beach, and finally meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Sydney itinerary tool .

If you are flying in from India, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. April in Sydney sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Australian National Maritime Museum ©
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

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 8th (Mon): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, then view the masterpieces at Village Gallery, and then view the masterpieces at Underart Gallery.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cairns trip builder app .

Getting from Sydney to Cairns by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in April: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 34°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and Anthea Polson Art. Step out of Gold Coast to go to Byron Bay and see Cape Byron Lighthouse, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea World Theme Park and enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Gold Coast online holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Gold Coast takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Cairns in April: high temperatures in Gold Coast hover around 30°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Cape Byron Lighthouse, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

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