11 days in Sydney, Cape Tribulation & Cairns Region Itinerary

11 days in Sydney, Cape Tribulation & Cairns Region Itinerary

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11 days in Sydney, Cape Tribulation & Cairns Region Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  10​h 15​min
2
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Dallas

2
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Watson's Bay and St. Mary's Cathedral. Get a sense of the local culture at Sydney Opera House and The Rocks. There's much more to do: stroll through Bondi Beach, look for gifts at DUX Collection Sydney, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Sydney attractions tool .

Dallas, USA to Sydney is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of tram and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales), which is usually a 16 hour difference. Traveling from Dallas in February, expect nights in Sydney to be much hotter, around 68°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 80°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
We've included these beaches for you: Thornton Beach and Cape Tribulation Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Daintree National Park and Cow Bay Beach. When in Cape Tribulation, make a side trip to see Bloomfield Waterfall in Bloomfield, approximately 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall, and kick back and relax at Myall Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Tribulation driving holiday planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Cape Tribulation takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in February, things will get a bit warmer in Cape Tribulation: highs are around 88°F and lows about 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Cow Bay Beach, Bloomfield Waterfall
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach

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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 Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach for some beach relaxation. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Spas & Wellness. Spend the 1st (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

For maps and other tourist information, read our Cairns trip planner .

Getting from Cape Tribulation to Cairns by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. In February in Cairns, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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