16 days in Cairns, Byron Bay Area & Sydney Itinerary

16 days in Cairns, Byron Bay Area & Sydney Itinerary

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16 days in Cairns, Byron Bay Area & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  23​h
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 15​min
2
Byron Bay
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Manchester

4
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.
Relax by the water at Thornton Beach and Trinity Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Daintree Discovery Centre and Bones and Jones. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Safaris (in Port Douglas). Spend the 3rd (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For ratings and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns vacation planner .

Manchester, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Manchester to Cairns. Traveling from Manchester in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairns: highs are around 31°C and lows about 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Safaris, Trinity Beach, Daintree Discovery Centre, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Thornton Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

1
night
Byron Bay

Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
On the 7th (Wed), view the masterpieces at Thomgallery, view the masterpieces at Jules Hunt Studio Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Belongil Beach, then get your bearings at The Byron Bay Book Exchange, and finally enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Lennox Head Beach, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Byron Bay online vacation builder .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cairns to Byron Bay in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Cairns in August, expect Byron Bay to be a bit cooler, temps between 25°C and 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Lennox Head Beach
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Thomgallery ©
Thomgallery

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Rocks and St Thomas Becket Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: The National Pass (in Blue Mountains National Park) and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge). There's still lots to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk, and appreciate the history behind Obelisk of 1870 to mark Captain Cook's Landing Place.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Sydney online driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Byron Bay to Sydney in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Byron Bay in August: highs in Sydney hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, The National Pass
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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