22 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

22 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

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1
Sydney
— 7 nights
2
Gold Coast
— 6 nights
3
Cairns
— 6 nights

7
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 in touch with nature at Bondi to Coogee Walk and Clovelly Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Take a break from Sydney with a short trip to Shelly Beach in Manly, about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, take an in-depth tour of Hyde Park Barracks, and stop by Darling Harbour.

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Paphos, Cyprus to Sydney is an approximately 24-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Paphos to Sydney. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Paphos in December: high temperatures in Sydney hover around °C and lows are around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Manly, Bondi to Coogee Walk
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

6
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.
Bring the kids along to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Sea World Theme Park. Escape the urban bustle at Surfers Paradise Beach and David Fleay Wildlife Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Watersports Guru (in Kingscliff), Brisbane Square Library (in Brisbane) and Byron Bay (Stone & Wood Brewery, Cape Byron Walking Track, &more). Pack the 28th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Dreamworld. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, play a few rounds at Surfers Paradise Golf Club, find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, and explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park.

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

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Byron Bay, Brisbane, Watersports Guru, Broken Head Beach
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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Mossman Gorge Centre. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Trinity Beach and Yorkeys Knob Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Opal Reef, &more), Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove) and Wangetti (Rex Lookout & Hartley's Crocodile Adventures). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, cool off at Sugarworld Waterpark, get your game on at Laserfun, and let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground.

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You can fly from Gold Coast to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Gold Coast in December; daily highs in Cairns reach °C and lows reach °C. On the 4th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Wangetti, Palm Cove Beach, Sugarworld Waterpark, Mossman Gorge Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Opal Reef ©
Opal Reef

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