9 days in Australia Itinerary

9 days in Australia Itinerary

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Drive to Central Illinois Regional Airport at Bloomington-Normal, Fly to Brisbane International Airport, Drive to Gold Coast
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Port Douglas
— 1 day
— 3 nights
Fly to Central Illinois Regional Airport at Bloomington-Normal, Drive to Bloomington


Gold Coast

— 1 night
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.
On the 16th (Thu), kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach and then get to know the resident critters at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, stroll through Coolangatta Beach, and then kick back and relax at Kirra Beach.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip itinerary builder site.

Bloomington, USA to Gold Coast is an approximately 28-hour combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 16 hours traveling from Bloomington to Gold Coast. May in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Port Douglas

— 1 day
A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Abc Snorkel Charters as well as Scuba & Snorkeling. On the 18th (Sat), get a new perspective on things with Abc Snorkel Charters, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and finally identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge Centre.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Port Douglas takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Gold Coast in May, expect Port Douglas to be a bit warmer, temps between 82°F and 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip


— 3 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Reef Experience. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Josephine Falls, then see the top attractions with Reef Experience, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: sample the tasty concoctions at Blue Sky Brewery, take in the dramatic scenery at Millaa Millaa Falls, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Babinda Boulders.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cairns holiday planner.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In May in Cairns, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 69°F at night. On the 21st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Australia travel guide

Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.