9 days in Melbourne, Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

9 days in Melbourne, Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

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Melbourne
— 2 nights
2
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
3
Cairns
— 3 nights

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Melbourne Museum and Melbourne Central. Escape the urban bustle at St. Kilda Beach and The Great Ocean Road. There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance and identify plant and animal life at St Kilda Pier.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne attractions site.

If you are flying in from India, the closest major aiport is Melbourne International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks

Side Trips

St Kilda, The Great Ocean Road
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach

3
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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.
On the 4th (Sat), view the masterpieces at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and then enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Anthea Polson Art, then kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then browse the different shops at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Gold Coast trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Melbourne to Gold Coast in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Gold Coast, with lows around 24°C. On the 6th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then take in the exciting artwork at Village Gallery.

For reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip planner.

Fly from Gold Coast to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Gold Coast in January, things will get a bit warmer in Cairns: highs are around 37°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Village Gallery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Village Gallery ©
Village Gallery

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