12 days in Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

12 days in Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

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12 days in Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  27​h
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Lisbon

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Four Mile Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Port Douglas (Safaris & Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). Spend the 8th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 12th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary maker tool .

Lisbon, Portugal to Cairns is an approximately 27-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Lisbon to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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.
Visit Bondi Beach and Manly Beach for some beach relaxation. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Rocks and Australian National Maritime Museum. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney day trip planning tool .

Getting from Cairns to Sydney by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in September, expect Sydney to be slightly colder, temps between 25°C and 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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