15 days in Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

15 days in Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

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15 days in Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Cairns
train:  40​h
1
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Cairns
— 7 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Sydney

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney day trip planning site .

Cairns to Sydney is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In July, Sydney is a bit cooler than Cairns - with highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

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

7
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Port Douglas (Four Mile Beach, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, & more) and Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 16th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 21st (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and don't miss a visit to Green Island.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns road trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Cairns takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in July; daily highs in Cairns reach 30°C and lows reach 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

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