15 days in Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

15 days in Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

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15 days in Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

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

7
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Rocks and St. Mary's Cathedral. Museum-lovers will appreciate Australian National Maritime Museum and Sydney Observatory. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Katoomba (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, Wentworth Falls, & more), Shelly Beach (in Manly) and Kiama (Kiama Blowhole & Starfish Education Centre). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, stroll through Manly Scenic Walkway, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales, and make a trip to Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary planning app .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Sydney. In April in Sydney, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Katoomba, Kiama, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Everglades Historic House and Gardens, Shelly Beach
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 24:
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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.
Historic Village Herberton and Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at Bones and Jones and Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Port Douglas (St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, Agincourt Reef, & more), Kuranda (Birdworld Kuranda, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, & more) and Daintree National Park (in Cape Tribulation). Spend the 26th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tablelands, admire the sheer force of Josephine Falls, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cairns online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Sydney to Cairns by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In April, Cairns is a bit warmer than Sydney - with highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Kuranda, Trinity Beach, Daintree National Park, Historic Village Herberton
Find places to stay Apr 24 — May 1:
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Josephine Falls ©
Josephine Falls
Scuba & Snorkeling
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton

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