14 days in Sydney, Fraser Island & Cairns Region Itinerary

14 days in Sydney, Fraser Island & Cairns Region Itinerary

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14 days in Sydney, Fraser Island & Cairns Region Itinerary

Start: Edmonton
Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h 15​min
2
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  10​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Edmonton

4
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, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, and hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney online road trip planner .

Edmonton, Canada to Sydney is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from Edmonton to Sydney due to the time zone difference. In August, Sydney is slightly colder than Edmonton - with highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Sydney

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

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, beaches, outdoors, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie, trek along Fraser Island Great Walk, don't miss a visit to K'gari, and delve into the lush surroundings at Central Station Rainforest.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Fraser Island driving holiday planner.

Getting from Sydney to Fraser Island by combination of flight, ferry, and car takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and car. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in August: highs in Fraser Island hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Fraser Island Great Walk ©
Fraser Island Great Walk
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

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: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Annie's at the Beach). Spend the 10th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cairns day trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Cairns takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Fraser Island in August; daily highs in Cairns reach 31°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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