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.
Relax by the water at 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 more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planner .

Lisbon, Portugal to Cairns is an approximately 27-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Lisbon to Cairns. In September, daytime highs in Cairns are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 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
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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.
The Rocks and Darling Harbour are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Justice & Police Museum and Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, see the interesting displays at Hyde Park Barracks Museum, and explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Sydney vacation website .

You can fly from Cairns to Sydney in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in September, expect Sydney to be a bit cooler, temps between 25°C and 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to 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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