10 days in Australia Itinerary

10 days in Australia Itinerary

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10 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  23​h
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
3
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Houston

3
nights
Cairns

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Atherton Tablelands and St Monica's Cathedral. Venture out of the city with trips to Spas (in Palm Cove), Jaques Coffee Plantation (in Mareeba) and Kuranda (Birdworld Kuranda & Australian Butterfly Sanctuary). It doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planner.

Houston, USA to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Houston to Cairns is 16 hours. In October in Cairns, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 69°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to catcht the bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Kuranda, Jaques Coffee Plantation, Trinity Beach
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands
Birdworld Kuranda ©
Birdworld Kuranda

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Daintree National Park and Spas. Get in touch with nature at Photography Tours and Opal Reef. It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Agincourt Reef.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In October, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Photography Tours, Mossman Gorge Centre, Daintree National Park
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Photography Tours
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Coolangatta Beach. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kirra Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast travel route planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Gold Coast takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Port Douglas in October: high temperatures in Gold Coast hover around 77°F and lows are around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

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