18 days in Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

18 days in Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

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18 days in Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  24​h
1
Sydney
— 8 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Cairns
— 7 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

8
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Clovelly. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Rocks and Justice & Police Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Shelly Beach in Manly (about 36 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: see a show at Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sydney tour builder app .

London, UK to Sydney is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) is 10 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from London in January, with highs in Sydney at 32°C and lows at 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Nielsen Park, Shelly Beach
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

7
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Yorkeys Knob Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Port Douglas (Safaris, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, & more). Spend the 1st (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and get your game on at Laserfun.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cairns sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, Cairns is a bit warmer than Sydney - with highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C. You will leave for home on the 7th (Thu).

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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