12 days in Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

12 days in Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

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12 days in Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  27​h
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Detroit

2
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.
When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Palm Cove, approximately 44 minutes away. Spend the 27th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the sheer force of Behana Gorge Waterfall, stroll around Goomboora Park Adventure Playground, and admire the masterpieces at Samurai Gallery Australia.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cairns trip planner .

Detroit, USA to Cairns is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 15 hours. In September, Cairns is a bit warmer than Detroit - with highs of 83°F and lows of 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

6
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge), Govetts Leap (in Blackheath) and Leura (Leura Post Office & Everglades Historic House and Gardens). There's much more to do: stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, don't miss a visit to Mrs Macquarie's Chair, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Sydney trip planner .

Getting from Cairns to Sydney by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cairns in September: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 71°F and lows are around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Leura, Lincoln's Rock, Symbio Wildlife Park, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Govetts Leap
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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