9 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

9 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

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9 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

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

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Manly Beach and Bondi Beach. Head to Brett Whiteley Studio and Sydney Fish Marketfor plenty of shopping. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and explore the world behind art at Australian Centre for Photography.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Sydney online trip itinerary planner .

Adelaide to Sydney is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Sydney are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time 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
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): examine the collection at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise, kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach, and then revel in the low prices at Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the galleries of Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, then enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then browse the different shops at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Gold Coast trip itinerary builder tool .

You can fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Shopping Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

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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 a sense of the local culture at Village Gallery and Historic Village Herberton. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Underart Gallery and Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns. When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Palm Cove, approximately 44 minutes away. Spend the 9th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cairns trip planner.

Fly from Gold Coast to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in May, expect Cairns to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Historic Village Herberton
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton

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