22 days in Cairns, Gold Coast Region & Greater Sydney Itinerary

22 days in Cairns, Gold Coast Region & Greater Sydney Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia itinerary planner

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Bus to Larnaca, Fly to Cairns
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Cairns
— 10 nights
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Gold Coast
— 5 nights
Fly
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Bondi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Palm Beach
— 1 night
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Cairns

— 10 nights

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Barron Falls and Granite Gorge Nature Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Wangetti), Yungaburra (Platypus Viewing Platform & Lake Barrine) and Spy & Camera Museum (in Herberton). There's lots more to do: see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, take in the dramatic natural features at Babinda Boulders, make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, and look for all kinds of wild species at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns trip builder.

Paphos, Cyprus to Cairns is an approximately 29-hour combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Paphos to Cairns, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Cairns is much warmer than Paphos - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Gold Coast

— 5 nights
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Burleigh Heads Beach and Kirra Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Natural Bridge and Kurrawa Beach. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, make a trip to Purling Brook Falls, get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, and identify plant and animal life at David Fleay Wildlife Park.

Discover how to plan a Gold Coast trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Cairns to Gold Coast by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In December, Gold Coast is a bit cooler than Cairns - with highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Bondi.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Bondi

— 3 nights
Attractions like Bondi to Coogee Walk and Tamarama Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Balmoral Beach, Mosman and North Head Sanctuary.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Bondi day trip tool.

You can fly from Gold Coast to Bondi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Palm Beach.

Things to do in Bondi

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Palm Beach

— 1 night
Palm Beach is a suburb in the northern beaches region of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Bilgola Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Barrenjoey Lighthouse, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Beach.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Palm Beach trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Bondi to Palm Beach in 1.5 hours. January in Palm Beach sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Palm Beach

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Greater Sydney travel guide

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Hiking Trails · Zoos · Beaches
Sandy beaches, rolling hills, azure rivers, and charming settlements are the hallmarks of Greater Sydney. Coastal suburbs and picturesque harbors are common. Areas such as Manly live up to the Australian stereotype of the laid-back, prosperous, beach-going community.