8 days in Australia Itinerary

8 days in Australia Itinerary

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8 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + Shuttle:  5 h 45 min
1
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Alice Springs
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Foot + Train:  7 h
3
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
End: Melbourne

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then stop by Fujii Store, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Blue Sky Brewery.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planner.

Melbourne to Cairns is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in maaliskuuta, with highs in Cairns at 36°C and lows at 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Cairns

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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Blue Sky Brewery ©
Blue Sky Brewery

1
night
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Gillen, steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, then take some stellar pictures from Anzac Hill, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at The Kangaroo Sanctuary. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park, then stop by Tjanpi Desert Weavers, then view the masterpieces at Talapi, and finally ponder the world of politics at Supreme Court of the Northern Territory.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Alice Springs trip website.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Alice Springs takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cairns in maaliskuuta, plan for somewhat warmer days in Alice Springs, with highs around 40°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Anzac Hill ©
Anzac Hill

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea World Theme Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip builder tool.

Do a combination of flight and train from Alice Springs to Gold Coast in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Alice Springs in maaliskuuta, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Gold Coast: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

2
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, walk around South Bank Parklands, and then don't miss a visit to Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): browse for treasures at Relove Oxley, then identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Brisbane trip planner.

You can drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In maaliskuuta, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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