10 days in Great Barrier Reef, Sunshine Coast & Gold Coast Itinerary

10 days in Great Barrier Reef, Sunshine Coast & Gold Coast Itinerary

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10 days in Great Barrier Reef, Sunshine Coast & Gold Coast Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 45​min
1
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+3
ferry + foot + Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  7​h 15​min
4
Caloundra
— 1 day
5
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Sydney

1
night
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure and then look for gifts at Grotty Yachty Clothing. Here are some ideas for day two: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach trip builder website .

Sydney to Airlie Beach is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in April, things will get a bit warmer in Airlie Beach: highs are around 31°C and lows about 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Grotty Yachty Clothing ©
Grotty Yachty Clothing

2
nights
Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Spend the 6th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Opal Reef and stop by Coffee Works Port Douglas.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle from Airlie Beach to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. April in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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.
On the 8th (Mon), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns online holiday maker .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in April, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Caloundra.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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day
Caloundra

Caloundra ©
On the 10th (Wed), stroll through Kings Beach, then kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach, and then take a peaceful walk through Buderim Forest Park.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Caloundra trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and train from Cairns to Caloundra in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in April, things will get little chillier in Caloundra: highs are around 30°C and lows about 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Caloundra

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mooloolaba Beach, Buderim Forest Park
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Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
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Buderim Forest Park

2
nights
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 11th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, then stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach. Keep things going the next day: play a few rounds at Surfers Paradise Golf Club, then kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Norries Head.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Gold Coast road trip planner.

You can drive from Caloundra to Gold Coast in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Norries Head
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Norries Head ©
Norries Head

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