14 days in Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

14 days in Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

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14 days in Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach) and Port Douglas (Safaris, Four Mile Beach, & more). Spend the 29th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, look for gifts at Australian Leather Company, and kick back and relax at Trinity Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Cairns online itinerary planner .

San Francisco, USA to Cairns is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 18 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in October; daily highs in Cairns reach 85°F and lows reach 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trips

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

5
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.
Spend the 9th (Sat) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's lots more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Sydney in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cairns in November: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 77°F and lows are around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden

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