13 days in Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

13 days in Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

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Gold Coast

— 6 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Greenmount Beach and Belongil Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gold Coast: Byron Bay (Sundive Byron Bay, Truly Tea, &more) and Brisbane (City Botanic Gardens, New Farm River Walk, &more). There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at Summer Elisabeth Day Spa, don't miss a visit to Rotary Carousel Broadbeach, enjoy the sand and surf at Kurrawa Beach, and take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Climb.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast road trip planning website.

Sydney to Gold Coast is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Cairns

— 6 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like St Mary’s by The Sea chapel and The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Etty Bay (in Innisfail), Mulgrave Settlers Museum (in Gordonvale) and Port Douglas (Opal Reef & Flagstaff Hill Lookout). The adventure continues: see Off-Road Tours, make a trip to Regency Jewellers Pty Ltd, sample the tasty concoctions at Blue Sky Brewery, and explore the world behind art at Samurai Gallery Australia.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns holiday planning app.

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Cairns takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Gold Coast in December, things will get a bit warmer in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips