9 days in Melbourne, Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

9 days in Melbourne, Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

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9 days in Melbourne, Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

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.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Melbourne vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Melbourne. In April in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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 22nd (Mon), find something for the whole family at Sea World Theme Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, tour the pleasant surroundings at Surfer's Paradise Beach, and then find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Melbourne to Gold Coast in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in April: high temperatures in Gold Coast hover around 30°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World ©
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Port Douglas (Safaris & Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas). Spend the 24th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and appreciate the history behind Cairns Cenotaph.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cairns road trip site .

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Cairns takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairns: highs are around 34°C and lows about 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Apr 23 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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