13 days in Sydney, Cairns & Fraser Island Itinerary

13 days in Sydney, Cairns & Fraser Island Itinerary

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13 days in Sydney, Cairns & Fraser Island Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  10​h 15​min
3
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
End: Brisbane

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: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and take a stroll through The Rocks.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney online trip itinerary planner .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in March, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

3
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Safaris (in Port Douglas) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). Spend the 14th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns itinerary maker website .

You can fly from Sydney to Cairns in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March, Cairns is a bit warmer than Sydney - with highs of 87°F and lows of 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Safaris
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, beaches, outdoors, historic sites, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie, stroll through Indian Head, enjoy the sand and surf at Eli Creek, and take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Fraser Island road trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight, car, and ferry from Cairns to Fraser Island in 10.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Traveling from Cairns in March, expect a bit cooler with lows of 69°F in Fraser Island. On the 22nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Indian Head ©
Indian Head
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

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