6 days in Sunshine Coast & Cairns Itinerary

6 days in Sunshine Coast & Cairns Itinerary

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6 days in Sunshine Coast & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + bus:  6​h
1
Caloundra
— 3 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  7​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

3
nights
Caloundra

Caloundra ©
Family-friendly places like Australia Zoo and Kings Beach will thrill your kids. Take a break from Caloundra with a short trip to Noosa National Park in Noosa, about 1 hour away.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Caloundra vacation planner .

Melbourne to Caloundra is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Caloundra, with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Caloundra

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Noosa National Park, Australia Zoo
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Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo
Sea Life Sunshine Coast ©
Sea Life Sunshine Coast
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach, then appreciate the history behind Cairns Cenotaph, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach and then trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary website .

Do a combination of train and flight from Caloundra to Cairns in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Caloundra in January, expect nights in Cairns to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 37°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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