22 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

22 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

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1
Sydney
— 8 nights
2
Gold Coast
— 5 nights
3
Cairns
— 6 nights

8
nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sydney Opera House and ATTY Gallery. Get some historical perspective at The Rocks and St Phillip's Anglican church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Shelly Beach (in Manly), Wentworth Falls (in Wentworth Falls) and The National Pass (in Blue Mountains National Park). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, explore the world behind art at Brett Whiteley Studio, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney tour planning app.

Paphos, Cyprus to Sydney is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Paphos to Sydney is 8 hours. Traveling from Paphos in December, things will get a bit warmer in Sydney: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Shelly Beach, Leura Mall, Bondi to Coogee Walk, Wentworth Falls, The National Pass
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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.
Get in touch with nature at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Burleigh Heads Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Sanctuary Markets. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gold Coast: Watersports Guru (in Kingscliff) and Noosa Chocolate Factory (in Brisbane). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Surfers Paradise Beach, find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, buy something for everyone on your list at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, and explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Gold Coast takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Gold Coast are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Brisbane, Watersports Guru, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
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Watersports Guru ©
Watersports Guru
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

6
nights
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.
Relax by the water at Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Kids will enjoy Scuba & Snorkeling and Opal Reef. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Mulgrave Settlers Museum (in Gordonvale), Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Wangetti) and Village Gallery (in Palm Cove). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, explore and take pictures at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, take in the exciting artwork at Underart Gallery, and take in the dramatic scenery at Crystal Cascades.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns road trip site.

Getting from Gold Coast to Cairns by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In December, Cairns is somewhat warmer than Gold Coast - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Mulgrave Settlers Museum, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Sugarworld Waterpark
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Opal Reef ©
Opal Reef

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