6 days in Sunshine Coast & Cairns Itinerary

6 days in Sunshine Coast & Cairns Itinerary

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Caloundra
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Cairns
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Caloundra

Kids will appreciate attractions like Australia Zoo and Bulcock Beach. Step out of Caloundra to go to Noosa and see Noosa National Park, which is approximately 1 hour away.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Caloundra holiday planner.

Melbourne to Caloundra is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Melbourne in January since evenings lows in Caloundra dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Caloundra

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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Cairns

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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): enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cairns Aquarium, and then get interesting insight from Tours. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach and then trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Caloundra to Cairns by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Caloundra, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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Sunshine Coast travel guide

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Beaches · Zoos · Gardens
Beaches, sun-drenched streets, and a relaxed ambience are the defining elements of Sunshine Coast, a region just north of Brisbane. Having grown rapidly in the 1960s and 1970s, Sunshine Coast became a popular destination for surfers in particular and has now grown into a well-managed city focused on "green" economic development.