16 days in Cairns, Gold Coast & Sydney Itinerary

16 days in Cairns, Gold Coast & Sydney Itinerary

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Cairns

— 5 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
Relax by the water at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Mossman Gorge Centre and Nature & Wildlife Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Opal Reef (in Port Douglas), Mulgrave Settlers Museum (in Gordonvale) and Barron Falls (in Kuranda). And it doesn't end there: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

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

Melbourne to Cairns is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In December, Cairns is somewhat warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to fly to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

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Gold Coast

— 4 nights
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.
Visiting Burleigh Heads Beach and Coolangatta Beach will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kirra Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah), Good Vibes Pilates & Yoga (in Tweed Heads) and Byron Bay (Sundive Byron Bay & Belongil Beach). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Kurrawa Beach.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Gold Coast online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Cairns to Gold Coast by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Cairns in December, with highs in Gold Coast at 32°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

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Sydney

— 6 nights

The Harbour City

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bondi Beach and Watsons Bay. Museum-lovers will get to explore Art Gallery of New South Wales and Hyde Park Barracks. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Cronulla Beach Walk (in Cronulla) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Balmoral Beach, Mosman, stop by King Street, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip maker website.

Fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails

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