15 days in Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

15 days in Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

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15 days in Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  30​h
1
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Newark

6
nights
Cairns

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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Historic Village Herberton and Paronella Park. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Tolga Woodworks Gallery & Cafe (in Tolga), Spas & Wellness (in Palm Cove) and Herberton (Spy & Camera Museum & Herberton Mining Museum). Spend the 17th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge, stroll through Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip planner .

Newark, USA to Cairns is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 15 hours. In September, daytime highs in Cairns are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Herberton, Palm Cove, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Paronella Park, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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.
Australian National Maritime Museum and Art Gallery of New South Wales will appeal to museum buffs. Get some historical perspective at The Rocks and Elizabeth Bay House. Step out of Sydney to go to Manly and see Shelly Beach, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, kick back and relax at Coogee Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Clovelly.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Sydney trip planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Sydney in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Cairns in September; daily highs in Sydney reach 71°F and lows reach 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 25:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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