28 days in Sydney, Cairns & Fraser Island Itinerary

28 days in Sydney, Cairns & Fraser Island Itinerary

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28 days in Sydney, Cairns & Fraser Island Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 21 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h
3
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Sydney

21
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Rocks and Australian National Maritime Museum. You'll get in some beach time at Manly Beach and Newport Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Blue Mountains National Park (Lincoln's Rock & The National Pass), Shelly Beach (in Manly) and Katoomba (The Three Sisters, The Giant Stairway, & more). Spend the 25th (Wed) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. On the 5th (Sun), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Perry's Lookdown. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Taronga Zoo, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney route builder .

If you are flying in from Ireland, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. December in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, Blue Mountains National Park, Perry's Lookdown, Bronte Beach, Shelly Beach RockPool
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): get interesting insight from Tours. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach.

For maps and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect Cairns to be somewhat warmer, temps between 37°C and 28°C. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Adventure

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): delve into the lush surroundings at Central Station Rainforest and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): explore the activities along Eli Creek and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island trip itinerary builder app .

Do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Cairns to Fraser Island in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Traveling from Cairns in January, Fraser Island is little chillier at night with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Lake Allom ©
Lake Allom

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