13 days in Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

13 days in Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

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13 days in Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  6​h
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Sydney
— 7 nights
End: Sydney

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.
Visiting Atherton Tablelands and Curtain Fig National Park will get you outdoors. For shopping fun, head to Sunday Market Port Douglas or Des Spencer Galleries. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Tolga Woodworks Gallery & Cafe (in Tolga), Jaques Coffee Plantation (in Mareeba) and St Mary’s by The Sea chapel (in Port Douglas). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Michaelmas Cay, have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, admire the sheer force of Josephine Falls, and brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cairns journey planner .

Sydney to Cairns is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in February, things will get a bit warmer in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Jaques Coffee Plantation, Curtain Fig National Park, Tolga Woodworks Gallery & Cafe
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Shark Diving
Curtain Fig National Park ©
Curtain Fig National Park
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands

7
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.
Relax by the water at Caves Beach and North Wollongong Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to The Bay Tree Gallery and Wentworth Falls. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Palm Beach (in Palm Beach), Govetts Leap (in Blackheath) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). And it doesn't end there: indulge your taste buds at The Rocks Markets, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, kick back and relax at Port Kembla Beach, and stroll through Terrigal Beach.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Sydney route planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Sydney takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cairns in February: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 31°C and lows are around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, Manly, Wollongong, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Govetts Leap
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The Rocks Markets ©
The Rocks Markets
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Palm Beach ©
Palm Beach

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