12 days in Sydney, Whitsundays & Cairns Itinerary

12 days in Sydney, Whitsundays & Cairns Itinerary

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12 days in Sydney, Whitsundays & Cairns Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 45​min
2
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: New Delhi

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market, and take a stroll through The Rocks.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Sydney trip itinerary planning tool .

New Delhi, India to Sydney is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) is 4 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from New Delhi in June, with highs in Sydney at 21°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.

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Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

1
night
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
On the 25th (Tue), race across the water with a speed boat tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Sydney to Airlie Beach by combination of flight and bus takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in June, with highs in Airlie Beach at 26°C and lows at 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

5
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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas & Safaris) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). Spend the 27th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planner .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Airlie Beach in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cairns: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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