11 days in Cairns, Whitsunday Islands & Sydney Itinerary

11 days in Cairns, Whitsunday Islands & Sydney Itinerary

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11 days in Cairns, Whitsunday Islands & Sydney Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Travel:  3​h
3
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
4
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: London

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.
Visit Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas & Agincourt Reef).

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Cairns online trip itinerary planner .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to Cairns, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from London in August, with highs in Cairns at 31°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 4th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Whitsunday Island trip itinerary website .

You can fly from Cairns to Whitsunday Island in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Whitsunday Island when traveling from Cairns in September, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

1
night
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Hamilton Island itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Whitsunday Island to Hamilton Island. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in September, you will find days in Hamilton Island are a bit cooler (29°C), and nights are a bit warmer (23°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Manly Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Rocks and Elizabeth Bay House. The adventure continues: stroll through Bondi Beach, take in panoramic vistas at Sydney Tower Eye and Skywalk, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Sydney travel route planning app .

Traveling by flight from Hamilton Island to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In September, Sydney is little chillier than Hamilton Island - with highs of 25°C and lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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