14 days in Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

14 days in Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

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14 days in Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

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

10
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.
Family-friendly places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Manly Beach will thrill your kids. You'll explore and learn at Australian National Maritime Museum and Art Gallery of New South Wales. Step out of Sydney with an excursion to Pulpit Rock Lookout in Blue Mountains National Park--about 1h 40 min away. Spend the 25th (Sat) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Sydney Opera House, trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Sydney online tour itinerary builder .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. In July in Sydney, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Sydney Harbour National Park, Pulpit Rock Lookout
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

2
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.
On the 1st (Sat), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Village Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at Underart Gallery, and finally view the masterpieces at Michael Seebeck Gallery.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns online holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Cairns takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in August: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 80°F and lows are around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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