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

6
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.
Visit The Rocks and Nan Tien Temple for their historical value. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kiama Blowhole and The Giant Stairway. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Starfish Education Centre (in Kiama), Shelly Beach (in Manly) and Katoomba (Wentworth Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, & more). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, stroll through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and contemplate the long history of St. Mary's Cathedral.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney road trip tool .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Sydney. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in April, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, Kiama, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Shelly Beach, Nan Tien Temple
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Kiama Blowhole ©
Kiama Blowhole
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

7
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Opal Reef and Daintree National Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Historic Village Herberton and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Port Douglas (Safaris, With Sugar, & more) and Barron Falls (in Kuranda). Spend the 15th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Trinity Beach, let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground, admire the sheer force of Josephine Falls, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

Plan trip to Cairns with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can fly from Sydney to Cairns in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in April; daily highs in Cairns reach 34°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Kuranda, Trinity Beach, Historic Village Herberton, Daintree National Park
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 21:
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Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Scuba & Snorkeling
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

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