9 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

9 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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Sydney
— 3 nights
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Coolangatta
— 1 night
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Cairns
— 2 nights

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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.
Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Get outdoors at Mrs Macquarie's Chair and Tambourine Bay Reserve and Warraroon Reserve Walk. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, look for all kinds of wild species at Muogamarra Nature Reserve, stroll around Dudley Page Reserve, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip itinerary planning site.

Chennai, India to Sydney is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll lose 4.5 hours traveling from Chennai to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Chennai in July, with highs in Sydney at 21°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Coolangatta.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Mrs Macquarie's Chair ©
Mrs Macquarie's Chair

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Coolangatta

Coolangatta ©
A wrecked schooner that washed up on shore in 1846 is the namesake for the Coolangatta.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach.

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Fly from Sydney to Coolangatta in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. On the 15th (Mon), you'll travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Coolangatta

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Burleigh Heads Beach
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta 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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Earl Hill, enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, and then trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

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Fly from Coolangatta to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Coolangatta in July, expect Cairns to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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