12 days in Sydney, Hunter Valley & Cairns Itinerary

12 days in Sydney, Hunter Valley & Cairns Itinerary

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12 days in Sydney, Hunter Valley & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Pokolbin
— 1 night
train + Fly:  7​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Tokyo

4
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Newport Beach. Step out of Sydney with an excursion to Shelly Beach in Manly--about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through The Rocks, enjoy the sand and surf at Clontarf Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Freshwater Beach.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planning app .

Tokyo, Japan to Sydney is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time (JST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. October in Sydney sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Pokolbin.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

1
night
Pokolbin

Pokolbin ©
With its first vineyards established in the mid 19th century, wine tourism in Pokolbin remains a major draw.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): do a tasting at Hungerford Hill Wines, learn about winemaking at Misty Glen Wines, then learn about winemaking at Leogate Estate Wines, and finally indulge your taste buds at Tintilla Estate.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Pokolbin online travel planner .

You can drive from Sydney to Pokolbin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Pokolbin when traveling from Sydney in October, with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Pokolbin

Wineries
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Leogate Estate Wines ©
Leogate Estate Wines
Misty Glen Wines ©
Misty Glen Wines
Tintilla Estate ©
Tintilla Estate

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Trinity Beach and Four Mile Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Safaris (in Port Douglas) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, and get your game on at Cairns Kart Hire Track.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns travel route planner.

You can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Pokolbin to Cairns in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Pokolbin in October, with highs in Cairns at 34°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Port Douglas, Cairns Kart Hire Track, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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