22 days in Cairns, Gold Coast Region & Greater Sydney Itinerary

22 days in Cairns, Gold Coast Region & Greater Sydney Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Paphos
Fly:  29 h
1
Cairns
— 10 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
2
Gold Coast
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Bondi
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Palm Beach
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  29 h
End: Paphos

10
nights
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Barron Falls and Granite Gorge Nature Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Spy & Camera Museum (in Herberton), Yungaburra (Platypus Viewing Platform & Lake Barrine) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Wangetti). There's lots more to do: see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, take in the dramatic natural features at Babinda Boulders, make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, and look for all kinds of wild species at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns trip builder.

Paphos, Cyprus to Cairns is an approximately 29-hour flight. Traveling from Paphos to Cairns, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Cairns is much warmer than Paphos - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Kuranda, Port Douglas, Yungaburra, Mareeba, Edge Hill
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Barron Falls ©
Barron Falls
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Opal Reef ©
Opal Reef

5
nights
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.
Attractions like Burleigh Heads Beach and Natural Bridge make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of the city life by going to Kirra Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Greenmount Beach, make a trip to Purling Brook Falls, get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kurrawa Beach.

Discover how to plan a Gold Coast trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Cairns to Gold Coast by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In December, Gold Coast is a bit cooler than Cairns - with highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Bondi.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

3
nights
Bondi

Bondi ©
Attractions like Bondi to Coogee Walk and Tamarama Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Balmoral Beach, Mosman and Mahon Pool. Change things up with a short trip to North Head Sanctuary in Manly (about 34 minutes away).

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Bondi trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Bondi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Bondi are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Palm Beach.

Things to do in Bondi

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Randwick, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, North Head Sanctuary, Bronte Beach, Sydney Harbour National Park
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Tamarama Beach ©
Tamarama Beach
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk

1
night
Palm Beach

Palm Beach ©
Palm Beach is a suburb in the northern beaches region of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Bilgola Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Barrenjoey Lighthouse, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Beach.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Palm Beach trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Bondi to Palm Beach in 1.5 hours. January in Palm Beach sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Palm Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bilgola Beach
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Palm Beach ©
Palm Beach
Barrenjoey Lighthouse ©
Barrenjoey Lighthouse
Bilgola Beach ©
Bilgola Beach

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