15 days in Sydney, Adelaide & Cairns Itinerary

15 days in Sydney, Adelaide & Cairns Itinerary

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15 days in Sydney, Adelaide & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Adelaide
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: Phoenix


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.
You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Freshwater Beach. When in Sydney, make a side trip to see Shelly Beach in Manly, approximately 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, stroll through Clovelly, see a show at Sydney Opera House, and meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planner .

Phoenix, USA to Sydney is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) is 17 hours. While traveling from Phoenix, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 82°F to lows of 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Coogee Beach ©
Coogee Beach

2
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
On the 10th (Thu), kick back and relax at Seacliff Beach and then kick back and relax at Aldinga Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Adelaide trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Adelaide takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Sydney in January since evenings lows in Adelaide dip to 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Adelaide

Tours Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Aldinga Beach
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Wine Tours & Tastings

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.
Visit Thornton Beach and Palm Cove Beach for some beach relaxation. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Safaris (in Port Douglas), Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). Spend the 12th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, stop by Cairns Central Shopping Centre, and take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns day trip app .

Fly from Adelaide to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Adelaide in January, Cairns is a bit warmer at night with lows of 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Palm Cove, Safaris
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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