22 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

22 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

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Bus to Larnaca, Fly to Sydney
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Sydney
— 8 nights
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Gold Coast
— 5 nights
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Cairns
— 6 nights
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Sydney

— 8 nights

The Harbour City

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 a sense of the local culture at Sydney Opera House and Darling Harbour. Get some historical perspective at The Rocks and The National Pass. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Wentworth Falls Lookout (in Wentworth Falls), Shelly Beach (in Manly) and Leura Mall (in Leura). The adventure continues: view the masterpieces at ATTY Gallery, explore the world behind art at Brett Whiteley Studio, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney tour planning app.

Paphos, Cyprus to Sydney is an approximately 24-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Paphos to Sydney is 8 hours. Traveling from Paphos in December, things will get a bit warmer in Sydney: highs are around 32°C and lows about 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

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.
Get in touch with nature at Watersports Guru and David Fleay Wildlife Park. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Anthea Polson Art. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gold Coast: Brisbane (Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary & Noosa Chocolate Factory). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Surfers Paradise Beach, kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, buy something for everyone on your list at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, and pick up some local products at Sanctuary Markets.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Gold Coast takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Cairns

— 6 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.
Relax by the water at Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Kids will enjoy Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Mulgrave Settlers Museum (in Gordonvale), Village Gallery (in Palm Cove) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Wangetti). Next up on the itinerary: see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, browse the exhibits of Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns, take in the exciting artwork at Underart Gallery, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns road trip site.

Getting from Gold Coast to Cairns by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In December, Cairns is somewhat warmer than Gold Coast - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips