11 days in Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

11 days in Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

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11 days in Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Nanjing
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Nanjing

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.
Get outdoors at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Rocks and Government House. Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Manly to see Shelly Beach about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, don't miss a visit to Queen Victoria Building (QVB), hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and stop by Belle Fleur Fine Chocolates.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Sydney journey site .

Nanjing, China to Sydney is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Nanjing to Sydney is 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

4
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.
Relax by the water at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Head to Coffee Works and Tanks Arts Centrefor some retail therapy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Four Mile Beach (in Port Douglas). Spend the 12th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cairns online route planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Cairns in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In October, Cairns is a bit warmer than Sydney - with highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Tanks Arts Centre, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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