16 days in Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

16 days in Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

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16 days in Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Sydney
— 8 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Vancouver

6
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 (Opal Reef, Safaris, & more) and Palm Cove (Village Gallery, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, & more). There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cairns visit planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Cairns is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 18 hours traveling from Vancouver to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Vancouver in November: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

8
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, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, and take a stroll through The Rocks.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planner .

Fly from Cairns to Sydney in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Cairns in November, with highs in Sydney at 29°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

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

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