11 days in Cairns, Fraser Island & Sydney Itinerary

11 days in Cairns, Fraser Island & Sydney Itinerary

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11 days in Cairns, Fraser Island & Sydney Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 1 night
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  10​h 15​min
2
Fraser Island
— 1 night
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
3
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: London

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cairns trip planner.

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Cairns. Traveling from London in January, expect Cairns to be much hotter, temps between 37°C and 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Tours Adventure
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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On the 10th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and then take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Fraser Island itinerary site .

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Cairns to Fraser Island in 10.5 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, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Fraser Island, with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

5
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Coogee Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Sydney online driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Sydney in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. When traveling from Fraser Island in January, plan for slightly colder days in Sydney, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. You'll set off for home on the 17th (Thu).

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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