6 days in Melbourne, Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

6 days in Melbourne, Gold Coast & Cairns Itinerary

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Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly to Gold Coast, Bus to Surfers Paradise
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Surfers Paradise
— 1 night
Bus to Gold Coast, Fly to Cairns
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Cairns
— 1 day
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Melbourne

— 2 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, then see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and then get into the urban bustle at Federation Square. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, and then take a stroll through Melbourne Central.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne road trip planner.

Mumbai, India to Melbourne is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll lose 4.5 hours traveling from Mumbai to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Mumbai in December; daily highs in Melbourne reach 30°C and lows reach 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Surfers Paradise.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
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Surfers Paradise

— 1 night

Capital of the Gold Coast

The main appeal of Surfer’s Paradise can be identified from its name alone.
On the 5th (Mon), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea World Theme Park and then kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Surfers Paradise day trip tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Melbourne to Surfers Paradise takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Surfers Paradise when traveling from Melbourne in December, with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Surfers Paradise

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

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Cairns

— 1 day

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cairns trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Surfers Paradise to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Surfers Paradise in December, expect Cairns to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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Gold Coast travel guide

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Theme Parks · Beaches · Shopping Malls
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. The most popular tourist destination in the state of Queensland, Gold Coast life centers itself on relaxation, surf, and marine life in general.